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Friday, November 6th, 2020 at 8:00 PM cdst

ZOOM Online Meeting

(recording will be posted to YouTube later)

Rhodes College Cubesat Project


By Ann Viano
Associate Professor of Physics
Rhodes College

Rhodes College has decided to go to space! A team of undergraduate students and their faculty mentors at Rhodes College are developing a Cubesat that will carry out a scientific mission in low Earth orbit. As a liberal arts college without an engineering program, Rhodes has limited opportunities for students to participate in technology-intensive educational experiences. The CubeSat program directly addresses this limitation by providing students an exciting opportunity to engage in the “new space-age” created by low-cost nanosatellites. The scientific mission will test novel photovoltaic (PV) devices in low earth orbit and is a collaboration with the Photovoltaic Materials and Devices research group at The University of Oklahoma. This presentation will discuss the process of planning and implementing a nanosatellite mission; from payload selection and launch proposals to ground station communications.


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About the M.A.S.

The Memphis Astronomical Society is a non-profit, public service organization promoting interest and education in astronomy and related sciences. Founded in 1953

The Memphis Astronomical Society, or M.A.S., is a public service organization which promotes understanding of the science of astronomy through free public lectures and demonstrations. Members are seldom professional astronomers. We work in many different occupations, some in the sciences, but most in other fields. We are amateurs in the basic sense of the word: we study astronomy because we love it. We seek to learn more about it through reading, conversation with other astronomers, professional as well as amateur, and especially through direct observation of celestial objects.

The Memphis Astronomical Society is 501(c)(3) charitable educational society, and as such, donations may be tax deductible (please consult your tax advisor). If you care to make a donation, you may use the link below to so. We will be sure you recieve a reciept for your records.


Contact us:

Phone Numbers and email

Jeremy Veldman, President

(662) 418-7511

Keith Latiolais, VP Programs

(901) 457-7180

Mark Matthews, VP Observing

(901) 755-5564

Ric Honey

Treasurer and Web Servant

(901) 828-3112

Bill Busler, Ambassador

(901) 382-2246

Memphis Astronomical Society

P.O. Box 871

Cordova, TN 38088-0871



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