LETOURNEAU CUBESAT PROJECT

MISSION OBJECTIVES

LETSAT - 1:
Advancing the future of spacecraft by creating the next generation of smart satellites

Explore the feasibility of deploying artificial intelligence hardware in low earth orbit

Raise the Technology Readiness Level of commercial artificial intelligence hardware

Use artificial intelligence image recognition to determine orbital position

TECHNOLOGY

LetSat-1 is leveraging technology from modern computing, off-the-shelf hardware, and open source software to make space-based AI a reality.

COMPUTING

LetSat-1 is using the NVIDIA Tegra K1 general purpose graphics processing unit. This GPGPU has seen significant use in ground-based applications, and shows promise for space-based uses. This will significantly improve the state of the art in low-power space-based data processing.

HARDWARE

LetSat-1 is utilizing the CubeSat standard for small satellites. This standardizes many of the components on-board the satellite, allowing the use of commercial-off-the-shelf hardware. This will significantly reduce the cost of construction, compared to a completely custom-built satellite.

SOFTWARE

LetSat is developing revolutionary software for space-based neural networks. It is similar to traditional facial recognition software, except it will be processing images of the earth to determine the location the picture was taken at.

2017

The Beginning

LetSat is founded with the goal of demonstrating the usefulness of artificial intelligence and general purpose graphics processors in space. Hardware is selected and software development begins.

2018

Connection and Creation

LetSat continues work on the LetSat-1 satellite. Partnerships are formed with major aerospace corporations. The first flight prototype is built and tested. LetSat is presented to the CubeSat world at the 15th annual CubeSat Developers Workshop

2019

Finishing Up

The design of the LetSat-1 satellite is complete. The final flight version is assembled and tested rigorously, and final touches are put on the payload software. Towards the end of the year, the satellite is handed off to the launch integrator for launch to space!

2020

Launch and Operations

LetSat-1 is carried into orbit as a secondary payload on a commercial rocket. The satellite is commissioned on orbit and operations begin. Data is returned to the LetSat team showing the effectiveness of the graphics processing platform.

LeTourneau University

The Christian Polytechnic University

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