UMass Lowell Students Receive NASA Funds for Satellite

A group of students at UMass Lowell, a NEC member, have been awarded $200,000 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to build a satellite, which could be in orbit by 2018.

Students received the award to create SPACE HAUC, a miniature, low-cost satellite that will “transmit data at up to 50 to 100 megabits per second – significantly faster than current models.” SPACE HAUC is an acronym for Science Program Around Communications Engineering with High-Achieving Undergraduate Cadres.

The project will provide a unique learning experience for the team of 53 UMass Lowell students, said Dat Le, the project’s program manager. “SPACE HAUC will give me and my fellow students valuable hands-on experience in astronautical engineering research and development,” said Le.

The award comes as the latest in a number of collaborations between UMass Lowell and NASA. In 2012, Professor Tim Cook launched a NASA-funded rocket, followed by another rocket three years later. In 2017 and 2019, UMass Lowell students will be working with NASA to launch helium balloons to photograph space debris. In addition, UMass Lowell robotics students are working on capabilities for NASA’s “Valkyrie” robot.

The New England Council congratulates UMass Lowell on their most recent collaboration with NASA.

Read more about SPACE HAUC in the UMass Lowell press release.

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