Welcome to the start of the new Miles Team Weekly Topic round table! Going forward, we here at Team Miles would like to bring a weekly, in-depth look at a rotating variety of topics that are essential to our Mission and the NASA Cube Quest in general. These topics focus on the very foundation of our decision-making and variations in any of these areas have the potential to drastically alter the team, the craft design, and the mission.
This week we will be looking at the topic of the NASA Cube Quest Challenge in general, in particular the most recent Cube Quest Summit II. Our other topics center on the competitive landscape of the contest, the details surrounding satellite communication and what teams are choosing to utilize, and the different types of cube sat propulsion.
We are starting our series of in-depth dives looking at the NASA Cube Quest Summit II because it brings to the teams and NASA discoveries both in about the competitors and about the requirements for the contest.
If the reader is unfamiliar with the NASA Cube Quest, the video in this post gives an excellent overview of the challenge as well as a bit of extra insight into the secondary payloads, including the three top Cube Quest teams that win secondary payload spots, that will be launched on the EM-1 launch vehicle.
The NASA Cube Quest Summit II was an opportunity on November 18th/19th for the competitors to connect with each other and industry vendors and to give and receive updates from NASA.
The Summit II was an entirely virtual event, whereas Summit I – the Competition Kick-off took place physically at the Ames Research Center in Palo Alto, California. Summit II took place over two days and consisted of a series of virtual presentation spots for the teams and NASA to share information.
There was a virtual poster room where the participant teams and industry vendors showcased their missions, services, equipment for sale, and their opportunities. The big-ticket update from NASA was that due to the rigorous NASA safety review to integrate secondary payloads on EM-1, only the first and second ground tournaments will be used to narrow the competitor teams down to the top 5 teams for eligibility for EM-1 integration.
Previously, the top scoring teams in ground tournament 4 would have been awarded the three secondary payload spots on EM-1. By winning first in GT-1, this update greatly improved the chances for Miles to earn one of the three secondary payload spots. The result of this NASA rule change has challenged us to accelerate our timelines.
Back to the grindstone! The critical Ground Tournament 2 is fast approaching us at the beginning of February.
Follow us and check out our tweets @MilesSpace from November 18th for the storm of additional details we discovered during Summit II!