CubeSat (STF-1)

The Time is Now! West Virginia in Space

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The West Virginia Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC), in collaboration with the NASA Independent Validation and Verification (IV&V) Program and West Virginia University (WVU) Departments of Physics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace, have partnered to build the first CubeSat from West Virginia that will be launched under the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative. This partnership couples NASA engineers with WVU professors and students to develop a low-risk, high impact space mission. The mission will demonstrate advanced emulation technologies, produce high value science data, and promote STEM education throughout the state of West Virginia.

Mission Objectives

The primary goal of STF-1, Simulation to Flight 1, is to demonstrate the capabilities of the software-only simulation environments developed at IV&V. The Independent Test Capability Team (ITC) at IV&V specializes in software-only simulations of spacecraft. These simulations model hardware at a low level such that unmodified flight software (FSW) binaries can be tested, without knowledge that they are running with modeled hardware components, creating a “digital-twin”. These technologies have enhanced IV&V approaches over the past several years, and this technology demonstration will help mature the IV&V tool-set to better support current and future NASA missions.

Additionally, the STF-1 mission will be equipped with a set of science experiments developed by West Virginia University faculty and students in the areas of space weather, performance and durability of III-V Nitride-based materials, and navigation.

STF-1 Areas of Focus
Simulation-to-Flight Software for C&DH – NASA Operational Simulator Engine (with hardware emulators)Primary Focus NASA IV&V
Science Objective 1: GPS and IMU Hardware and Science ExperimentsSecondary FocusWest Virginia University MAE Departments
Science Objective 2: Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling and Space WeatherSecondary Focus West Virginia University Physics and Astronomy Department
Science Objective 3: Performance and Durability of III-V Nitride-Based MaterialsSecondary Focus West Virginia University CSEE

Rendition of the 3U CubeSat being Designed by the West Virginia Team



STF-1 Table Top Review Materials

STF-1 ProposalSTF-1 AIAA White PaperSTF-1 Poster


West Virginia’s First Spacecraft LEGO Challenge

The  NASA IV&V Facility  and the NASA WV Space Grant Consortium are providing teams or individuals in the community an opportunity to compete in a LEGO challenge! The STF-1 LEGO Challenge creates the opportunity for students ages 9-14 to team up to create a LEGO STF-1 and have the chance to win some great prizes! Deadlines to submit your LEGO STF-1: October 3, 2016.

For rules and how to apply: West Virginia’s First Spacecraft LEGO Challenge

For NASA’s LEGO STF-1 directions click here.


Mission Patch Design Challenge

I am happy to announce the winners of our contest to design the STF-1 Mission Patch. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who participated!

1st Place: Allison Arnold
2nd Place: Catherine Lally
3rd Place: Amber Dombrowski


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For further information on the CubeSat STF-1 design and objectives, please contact:

PI Contact InformationTechnical Contact
Mr. Justin R MorrisMr. Matthew Grubb
NASA IV&V Program Independent Test Capability (ITC)NASA IV&V Independent Test Capability (ITC)
Phone: (304) 367-8260Phone: (681) 753-5363
Email: Justin.R.Morris@nasa.govEmail:


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