At Cougs in Space, our mission is to provide club members with cross-discipline, hands-on skills, industry connections, internships, education outreach, and eventually full time careers in space, aerospace, and other technical fields.
We are a team of 70 active students with diverse academic backgrounds. We accept members of all majors and skill levels as long as they are willing to be team players and put in the effort.
Weekly Club Meeting
in Spark 235
Weekly Engineering Meeting
in Dana 15 (The FIZ)
As CougSat-1 is the first satellite created at WSU, the primary objective is to develop a reliable and robust mission support system for nanosatellites. The mission support system consists of all the subsystems on the satellite except those relating to the payload. These include: ADCS, EPS, IHU, RCS, and the mechanical structure. A reliable and robust design of these components will improve the development of future CubeSats as only the payload specific subsystems will need to be designed and tested.
The secondary objective comes from the Astrobiology department at WSU. They requested CougSat-1 to test an experimental apparatus that will study plant germination in microgravity. As humans are preparing for long distance space travel, sustainable food supplies need to be researched to ensure the travelers survive their trip. A future CougSat will have a full experiment researching agriculture in microgravity.
The last two objectives are to share WSU pride with as many people as possible. CougSat-1 will put a cougar into orbit and broadcast “Go Cougs!” around the world. Every photo CougSat-1 takes will have a cougar head in the corner. Every beacon transmission will end with an enthusiastic “Go Cougs!”