Students’ satellite destined for space despite setbacks

FIU students satellite destined for space
FIU students satellite destined for space

Left to right: Pradeep Shinde, Ibrahim Tansel, Anthony McGoron, Sergio Hernandez, Walter Salas and Cruz Phillipe pictured with CubeSat

Pradeep Shinde, a doctoral student at the College of Engineering and Computing, has been reaching for the stars since 2009. Back then, while working toward his master’s degree at FIU, Shinde was part of the first team of students who created the first generation of a CubeSat – a small communication satellite for space research – to compete in the FUNSAT Design Competition. FUNSAT, which stands for Florida University SATellite, challenges students to design an actual system in the first year, and complete flight model construction in the second year as part of the contest.

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