Research and Education Vehicle for the Evaluation of Radio Broadcasts
The TJ REVERB project is creating a best practice document for building a Nanosatellite while building a 2U CubeSat that compares multiple radio systems in Lower Earth Orbit. Additionally, TJ REVERB serves as an educational vehicle for teaching students the principles of systems engineering. Beyond the rich learning experience designing and constructing a satellite provides the students at Thomas Jefferson HSST, the team is committed to a robust local, national, and international outreach program.
In 1999, California Polytechnic Institute and Stanford University created the specifications for the CubeSat. It was determined that the one unit of a CubeSat would be 10cm x 10cm x 11.35 cm and usually no larger than 1.33 kilograms in mass. The initial purpose of the CubeSat program was to promote skills that were needed to send small satellites into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Eventually, it developed into a concept of much broader use, ranging from experimental, commercial, and educational uses. Small satellites have become widely accepted as a part of the future in space.