Help Us Make Space For the People

We’ve just kicked off our second annual fundraising campaign! As our club grows larger than ever, so do our expenses. This year, our goal is to raise $5,000 so we can begin development of our new satellite (PVDX), continue to deploy high-altitude balloons, and expand our outreach program. Though we still want to keep future missions low-cost and DIY, we need to be able to reliably manufacture complicated electronics and other components. Getting advanced tools such as a new oscilloscope or finer drill bits and having a state of the art electronics workbench would allow us to develop much more reliable and durable spacecraft.

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Buy us coffee
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Fund a week of outreach
$100

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Machine shop training
$500

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Launch a new balloon
$1,000

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Build a complete EQUiSat
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Want to Donate?

Depending on the level of your contribution, you can “sponsor” one of our expenses. All donors will receive recognition on our website. Leaders and Partners will receive a full-color 3D printed model of EQUiSat and recognition on our club spaces and billboards. Club Partners will be given naming rights to a component or piece of equipment. Program Leaders will receive the highest recognition that our club can provide which includes full visibility and naming rights to our workroom.

Brown University is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization, meaning donations can be counted against your gross income with the IRS as a public charity.

What We’ve Been Up To

Our current project is our second satellite, PVDX. The primary mission of PVDX is to perform an in-orbit test a novel type of solar technology, Perovskite Solar Cells (PSCs), for the first time. PVDX’s secondary, interactivity-based mission will be enabled by a dot-matrix display mounted on a side of the satellite, to create the ‘interactive’ component of our mission. BSE will enable anyone to upload images to the matrix (and capture photos of the satellite), such that anyone can leave their mark in space! We are in the preliminary design stages for PVDX, and recently submitted a proposal to NASA to get a launch for our satellite.

Equipped with lights, a radio and state-of-the-art batteries, our first satellite, EQUiSat, was a proving ground for developing new, low-cost technologies for space exploration and development. EQUiSat carries four LEDs, each of which were 300 times more powerful than a phone flashlight and together will be visible on earth with the naked eye. Powering these lights were four batteries made of lithium, iron, phosphorus and oxygen, the likes of which have never flown in space before. As NASA wanted to use these batteries on the rovers and spacesuits that will return to the moon and explore Mars, they’re excited to see how they perform. To listen to the satellite, we equipped EQUiSat with a small radio that can be monitored by individuals and universities. EQUISat deorbited in December 2020.

BSE also does work to build and launch high-altitude balloons and educating the community. Recently, we launched two balloons to the edge of space. Bristling with sensors and cameras, our balloons carried the first 360-degree camera miles higher than a jumbo jet and broadcasted video in real time. See the inspiring first launch here.

About Us

The Brown Space Engineering Team has over 75 members building a small satellite, launching high altitude balloons, and teaching in the Providence community. For nearly six years, these Brown undergraduate students have been developing a satellite the size of a tissue box that will redefine how we interact with space. Launching this spring, we are excited to see our work pay off and move on to new, exciting projects. As an entirely student-run organization, we need your help to help fund our growth and help us carry out our mission of increasing the accessibility of space.

Questions?

Don’t hesitate to Contact Us!