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The Use of the ROOFSAT for Computer Science and Engineering Education
University of North Dakota Graduate School Scholarly Forum (2014)
  • Jeremy Straub
  • Ronald Marsh
Abstract

This poster presents an overview of a tool that has been created to provide students with real-world experience in the design, development and operation of control and scientific mission software for a cyber-physical system. The ROOFSAT, developed at UND, is a low-cost analog for a small spacecraft (though in many ways these capabilities also enable similar UAV work). The ROOFSAT was constructed with approximately $1,500 generously provided by the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences out of commercially-available parts. It includes multiple cameras, a pan-tilt mount and the same space-qualified computer hardware which has been used on both spacecraft and UAVs, previously. It allows students to work with physical actuators and sensors and see how their code can learn about and manipulate the physical operating environment. An overview of the construction of the ROOFSAT and its use to-date is presented.

Keywords
  • CubeSat,
  • ROOFSAT,
  • software development,
  • experiential education,
  • project-based learning
Publication Date
March 12, 2014
Citation Information
Jeremy Straub and Ronald Marsh. "The Use of the ROOFSAT for Computer Science and Engineering Education" University of North Dakota Graduate School Scholarly Forum (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeremy_straub/175/