CubeSat Challenge Sessions

While you are working on the proposal for the Department of Education CTE CubeSat Design Challenge. These FREE sessions will help you with your proposal. Sign up to learn about…

What does it take to launch a High Altitude Balloon?

10/06/20203:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

Learn the steps required to build, launch and recover your CubeSat on a High Altitude Balloon (HAB)!
Take your CubeSat mission on an amazing journey into the stratosphere. In this 1-hour session, you will be introduced to wind modeling tools and weather prediction strategies; requirements to launch a HAB, how to file a NoTAM with the FAA, and recovery. Open QA session.


Prepare Your Project for a Future Space Mission.

10/08/20203:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

Join us in conversation with the co-inventor of the modern CubeSat, Professor Bob Twiggs along with Dr. L. DeWayne Cecil and students from Destination SPACE as they cover the steps for producing a prototype CubeSat from the beginning conceptual and requirements stages through testing and calibration to flying sensor suites on weather balloons. Destination SPACE is leading the first-ever deep-space STEM CubeSat mission that is manifested on NASA’s up-coming Artemis-1 launch.


CTE MIssion: CubeSat – Final Checklist!

10/13/20203:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

While we won’t be able to give any advice in this session, we will review the 5 components of the rubric used to judge your proposal. Equally weighted, we will have an open discussion on Community Engagement, the connection to Career and Technical Education, planned Learning Outcomes, Feasibility of your Mission, and the value of a diversified Team. While this session can’t guarantee that you will be a finalist, it will be a thoughtful exploration not just of the current challenge, but what you can do to get closer to putting a satellite in orbit!

Deep-Space Mission 6U CubeSat

Students: Lauren Ballard and Austin Gleydura

Dr. L. ​ DeWayne Cecil founded Destination SPACE, Inc. in March​ 2017 with a vision of providing students with space related interactive science education. As the Director of Destination SPACE, Inc., Dr. Cecil draws upon his extensive background in applied earth sciences and remote sensing. After earning a PhD. in Earth Science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Cecil went on to serve as Chief Scientist of the Applied Sciences Program at NASA Headquarters and as Senior Science Advisor at NASA Langley’s Systems Engineering Office, Lead Applications Scientist at the USGS ‘s Global Change Research Program, ​and the first-ever Western Region ​Climate Services Director at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information​ (NCEI)​.

Professor Twiggs retired from Morehead State University (MSU, Kentucky) in 2019 where he was a professor in the Space Science Center.  At MSU Bob was involved in the development of the PocketQube small satellites which were launched in 2013 on a Russian Dnepr rocket. He is also a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University where he founded Stanford’s Space Systems Development Laboratory.  He, along with Jordi Puig-Suari of California Polytechnic State University, created the CubeSat standard and a standard for deployment of the satellites in the 1990s.  CubeSats have since become the world-wide standard for pico (under 10 kg) class satellites.  NASA and other national space agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense, aerospace companies and universities world-wide have flown CubeSats since 2007.  CubeSats have revolutionized university aerospace education by allowing graduate, undergraduate, and even high-school students to gain authentic experiences in space systems design, fabrication and operation.  The aerospace industry has referred to CubeSat systems as “disruptive technology”.  Bob is often referred to as the “father” of CubeSats.

Tyler is a junior at Martin L. Nesbitt Jr. Discovery Academy and dual enrolled at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. He has previously attended the 2018 and 2019 Satellite Week camps as a participant and is now an Intern and Mentor with Destination SPACE, as well as a member of the Deep Space STEM Program at Nesbitt Discovery Academy. Tyler developed a programmable robot and associated curriculum for Destination SPACE’s Satellite Week camps and is also creating a full scale model of the Miles Space 6U CubeSat that will fly in our deep-space STEM mission in 2021. In addition to his work with Destination SPACE he is the leader of his school’s VEX Robotics team.

View from a high altitude balloon at 100,000ft