Jared Leidich

Drag and Atmospheric Neutral Density Explorer (DANDE)

The Project:

dande sat

From the DANDE webpage:

The Drag and Atmospheric Neutral Density Explorer (DANDE) is a 50 kg, spherical spacecraft being developed by students at the University of Colorado at Boulder by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) in partnership with the Aerospace Engineering Science Department (ASEN). The goal of the DANDE (http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/dande) mission is to provide an improved understanding of the satellite drag environment in the lower-thermosphere at low-cost.

In addition to being a unique educational forum for teaching design and systems engineering, the mission is a response to government and industry needs for near-real time space-weather and drag prediction. These products are important to operators of low earth orbiting satellites with precision navigation needs including both government and industry. DANDE government collaborators interact with CU engineering students and include the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Air Force Space Command Space Analysis Center (AFSPC A9A), Naval Research Lab (NRL), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The DANDE project has helped foster and strengthen these relations.


1. DANDE project page: www.csmarts.colorado.edu

My Role:

I was hired onto the project as a designer and machinest to develop and fabricate the structures of the DANDE spacecraft. By the time of the award I was the separations team lead and was involved in the design and fabrication of some major componets including the main central plate, the power system (batterys), nutation dampers (stabilizers) and the kinematic system that separates the spherical satellite from the flat interface plate (see picure to the right).