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The USM CubeSat workshop series is made possible by a 4-year $320,000 award from the Maine Space Grant Consortium and $320,000 in match funds from the USM Maine Economic Improvement Fund, for a total of $640,000.  This funding supports efforts to create a premiere USM facility and programs for developing CubeSats for Maine. We are also looking to reach out and partner with any interested K-12 schools, especially high schools. The USM CubeSat workshop series is part of a larger effort supported by a $2.8 million NASA grant titled “Maine NASA STEM Engagement FY 2020-2024″ awarded to the Maine Space Grant Consortium to support the development of the state’s new space economy through the realization of the proposed Maine SpacePort Complex.

“Space Engine” by K-putt is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

UCDC 2021 Dr. Scott J. Eaton

The University of Southern Maine Cubesat Design Competition invites students from Maine high schools and organizations to conceptualize, plan and present original payload designs meeting the USM Cubesat design challenge mission objectives. The design competition is meant to challenge student teams to perform a complex engineering task under constraints to spur creativity and gain experience in the engineering design process. Students will submit a design packet and narrative describing their original work to a panel of experts within the space industry. The competition aims to reach 6-12 grade school students from multiple educational preparedness levels. Groups 6-8 and 9-12 will be judged separately. “Mixed grade level teams are allowed and will be judged in the 9-12 grade group.”




UCDC 2021 Finalists

This inaugural competition received many strong submissions from across the State of Maine. After careful deliberation from our panel of judges, we are pleased to announce the following UCDC 21 finalists!!
Grade 9-12 Finalists
Winslow High School – Solar Sail Deployment Cubesat
Falmouth High School –  NAPSat: Cubesat Solar Arrays
Portland High School – MagSat 1: Magnetorquer Cubesat Attitude Control
Grade 6-8 Finalists
Lincoln Middle School – Atmospheric Monitoring Cubesat
Noble Middle School – Warming Warning: Monitoring Polar Ice Cap Melting
Maranacook Middle School – Irradiated Snot Rocket: Maine-Native Algae Growth Cubesat
The USM team will be reaching out to all teams individually with feedback from our judges on your submission. Teams that the judges believe were meritorious and successfully completed the challenge are listed below and will be receiving a UCDC 21 memorial trophy.
Successful Participants
Fryeburg Academy
Maranacook High School
Yarmouth High School
Finalists will be contacted to begin scheduling the cubesat build phase and compete for overall competition winner and Best in Show.  A launch date is tentatively scheduled for June 26th, but may be shifted +/- 1 week based on weather and availability.