Opelika High School (Opelika, Alabama) is collaborating with Columbus High School and Northside High School (Columbus, Georgia). The team plans to collect performance data for a new type of core material used in NASA-grade fluxgate magnetometers, which are used to study Earth’s changing magnetic field.
The team’s CubeSat prototype — FluxDemonSat — proposes to advance the technology readiness level (TRL) for a new type of core material used in NASA research-class fluxgate magnetometers. This mission will also have an education plan that uses an existing network of schools and teachers at Opelika High School and Columbus High School with a co-curricular organization called the Columbus Space Program. The team plans to address a documented need for advancing an exploration technology while inspiring the next generation of explorers with an education program. Starting with the edge of space launch of its CubeSat prototype, the mission will collect the necessary performance data to advance the TRL of untested magnetometer cores.
The team consists of an experienced group of students and teachers who have completed STEM projects in the past, coupled with whole classes of CTE and STEM students from the three collaborating high schools. At the heart of the technical effort are two school-based FIRST robotics teams from two different cities. Opelika students will lead the building of the satellite structure and supporting subsystems, while Columbus and Northside students will lead the payload and launch efforts. The Columbus Space Program has launched science and engineering platforms to altitudes over 100,000 feet 31 times since 2007.
CTE Team Lead
Brenda Howell, Engineering & Robotics Teacher