Brown Space Explorers

BSE is currently accepting applications for the Brown Space Explorers program, our inaugural outreach program held at Brown University. Every Saturday for six weeks, interested high school students will experiment, make, and learn. We are excited to continue to teach and inspire the next generation of engineers!

For more information, or to apply, check out the Explorers’ page here!

Education

Given that BSE’s mission is to make space more accessible, we are reaching out to local schools, museums, after school programs, summer camps, and enthusiast groups to spread the word about EQUiSat and NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative!

The BSE team has developed a set of activities to be implemented in after-school programs, summer camps, and museums. The activities focus on project-based learning and space-related topics. There are activities available for all age ranges, from elementary school to high school.

The activities on this page are already being used in the Spira Engineering Camp, Brown Science Prep, the D’Abate Elementary School After-School Program, and the West Broadway Middle School Saturday Program. If you are using our activities, please contact us!

Activities

Elementary School

The elementary school activities are one hour each, however most activities include discussion modules at the beginning and/or end, which can be removed or extended to make the activities fit your time needs.

Elementary School Activities

Middle School

The middle school activities are all 120-165 minutes long, however each activity includes several modules which can be broken down into 30-45 minute activities.

Middle School Activities

High School

The high school activities are each 90 minutes. The two activities accomplish the same goals, however the extended version explains the math more completely.

High School Activities

Interacting With EQUiSat

HAM Radio

Transmissions will be in the 70 cm Amateur Radio band at 435-438 MHz (UHF), and will consist of our registered call sign beacon and sensor data. The call sign is a simple message in Morse code that will identify our satellite, enabling anyone with a tuned receiver to interact with the beacon portion of our transmission. EQUiSat will transmit the call sign at regular intervals during both day and night passes, allowing abundant interactive opportunities.

For more advanced ground stations at Universities and in the Amateur radio community, EQUiSat’s sensor data will be transmitted at a higher bit-rate that will allow for short, detailed messages. These will contain compressed information about sensors and operations. The interpretation scheme for the messages will be available through our online resources, enabling listeners to access the data readouts in a clear form. Research and CubeSat teams around the world will have full access to our open data collection, promoting analysis and scholarship that will encourage development and use of technologies present in EQUiSat.

Visually

EQUiSat’s LED lights will flash as bright as the North Star, and its radio transmissions will be audible using a simple HAM radio. The transmissions will include sensor data regarding the health and operations of the satellite. Observers will be able to post the data online for it to be translated into descriptive compositions.

Online

During orbit, anyone (that means you!) will be able to use this website or a mobile application to track the satellite, stay updated on its condition, and post sightings. The EQUiSat tracking app will connect users with each other by posting sightings to Facebook and Twitter, building a community around tracking and sighting the satellite.

Amateur radio operators will be encouraged to enter downlinked EQUiSat data to our on-line language engine, where it will be collected and interpreted. The language engine will create informative compositions that will describe the real-time system states to readers. All system data downlinked will be displayed on the website so that research groups, amateur satellite teams, and the public can benefit from it.

Open Source

As part of our ultimate goal to make space accessible to everyone, we intend on making all of our work open-source!   That means all designs, data, code, etc. can be found on our website with the hope that you will learn from them and hopefully use the knowledge to make something awesome.