STAC is very pleased to announce that our Quantum CubeSat (QubeSat) has been selected by NASA for the CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). This will allow our QubeSat to be launched as an auxiliary payload on a mission by NASA, another U.S. government agency, or by industry between 2021 and 2023. NASA’s CSLI will fully fund the launch of QubeSat and provides a low-cost pathway for conducting technology demonstrations in space.

The QubeSat project is one of eighteen accepted proposals that were submitted by NASA Institutes, research organizations, and universities. CubeSats are built in multiples of standard 10 cm x 10…

Space Technologies at Cal (STAC) is proud to report on a very productive year filled with engineering landmarks and achievements. Here is a brief outline of some of the highlights of the year from our STAC family!

This post only contains a brief description of all the hard work the various teams put into these moments, so please follow the links to read more about the engineering challenges and the impacts they have on future space exploration.

The TIME I payload after recovery

The Launch of our TIME I project on a Blue Origin Rocket

On Thursday, May 2nd, on NS-11 (New Shepard Mission 11), we…

Space Technologies at Cal is proud to announce a partnership with Bay Area Circuits to ensure that we can turn our PCB designs into effective prototypes.

Bay Area Circuits is a leading PCB Manufacturer in the bay area. They offer PCB prototyping with 24-hour turnaround for two-layer and multilayer boards. They also offer student PCB package discounts, a great way for students to create electronic personal projects at an affordable price. They have kindly sponsored PCB assembly for STAC, which allows us to design and prototype custom electronics.

Space Technologies at Cal (STAC) is proud to announce our partnership with Altium to help power our PCB design and further develop the electronics for all of our missions to reach a new level of technical nuance.

Altium is the industry standard for electronic design and development and ensures every engineer has the ability to create the best design solutions possible. They have graciously supplied Altium Designer licenses for our organization’s use as well as technical support and documentation to ensure seamless integration into our workflow.

STAC Electronics Expert Brent Yi ( recently held a workshop where he explained the…

The rocket reusability race will come to a halt unless it considers integration time.

Payload Integration — Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

For years, we have heard companies talk about reducing the turnaround time of reusable rocket stages, but only recently has that conversation evolved to turnaround times on the order of days. However, a daily turnaround seems completely out of scope when the current payload build-integration timelines are upwards of 6–24 months. Once the current backlog of satellites and CubeSats are launched, this build-integration time will become the bottleneck of the space launch industry and will ensure an increased payload launch cost because weekly or daily reusability…

Dent announcing STAC’s Victory! Olivia (Co-President) and Will (The Biologist) from STAC on stage

In late Fall, we will be launching a payload into space. For FREE!!! Thanks to Blue Origin.

STAC recently won a competition where the winner would receive a free launch on Blue Origin’s New Shepard space craft. The competition is sponsored by Dent:Space, a conference held last September in SF. The two Co-founders of Dent (, Jason and Steve, flew two of our members out to make the big announcement at the Dent Sun Valley, Idaho conference.

Join our journey as we pave the way for interstellar travel, one experiment at a time.

More information can be found here:

Do what is hard, not what is easy! When forming a team in a new organization it is easy to segment and compartmentalize a person to a certain job. Unfortunately this can lead to many great people not being able to speak their great innovative ideas!

That is why at STAC we make it our mission to allow people to foster in an area they strive in, but also take part in any/every part of the STAC organization! This creates a healthy team dynamic and creates a limitless organization.

Check out our awesome team:

Philipp Wu, Brent Yi, Will Sharpless, Aviral Pandey, Travis Brashears, Kireet Agrawal, Varun Khurana, Abhi Khare, Daniel Shen, Olivia Hsu, Victoria Yim, Michael Tu, Nammi Baru

When building a product, piece of hardware, or space tech it is always easy to get stuck in the planning/design phase. So it is important to take your initial designs and make something quick, easy, and fast to determine what needs to be improved.

Today we turned our first designs into a prototype and determined that we will need to rethink our arrangement of parts inside our first Microgravity Experiment.

First Prototype — — Week 1

Stay tuned for more updates! :)

We are excited to announce that we have official won a spot to space!

Below is a sneak peak at our winning payload design!

Stay tuned for more details!

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