Jared Leidich

Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) Drag and Atmospheric Neutral Density Explorer (DANDE) satellite, February 2007 to August 2009 (Age 21 to 23)-

Jared Leidich served as designer, machinest, and separations team lead during the design, building and testing of the DANDE satellite. Specifically Mr. Leidich designed and machined much of the equitorial plate (main structural element for the satellite) and worked through the development of the separation system. The Satellite was being designed under the guidance of the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) for the Nanosat V competition. The satellite, which is designed to measure drag and composition of the upper atmosphere, won the competition in 2009 and so recieved flight funding worth several million dollars. It is currently finishing flight qualification and acceptance testing in New Mexico and is planned to launch in late 2011. This will be Mr. Leidich's first flight hardware to travel to space.