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AIAA - BWSI Build a CubeSat Challenge


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We had a great Final Event on May 21, 2022! 

Lets congratulate all the teams!

The final event can be watched on our YouTube Channel

Build a CubeSat Poster

Link to final event




Schedule Updates for Teams

  • Application Deadline: TBD

  • Acceptances and Kickoff:  TBD

  • Flat Sat Challenge Photo - Due 7 weeks after kickoff

  • Design Review Video - Due in 10 weeks

  • Prototype Demonstration Video - Due in 14 weeks

  • Final Event - Due in 15 weeks after Kickoff

What: Build, learn and demonstrate operation of a 1U CubeSat

Mission: Detect colored plastic in the ocean from space

Who: High school students in USA interested in learning about satellites!  Team of 5 students led by team coach (teachers, mentors)

When: TBD

Resources: Hardware kit for each team, access to online course (self-paced), bi-weekly office hours

Final Event:  TBD

Team Application Deadline: TBD

Teams apply Here!

Application Deadline will be announced for fall Challenge

Missed the Application Deadline? email to ask about independently using our curriculum

or wait for the next exciting challenge: we will be running this again soon!

If you are interested in mentoring as part of this program, Apply here!

For more information see our FAQ

AIAA-BWSI Build a CubeSat Challenge Overview: Build, Learn and Demonstrate 1U CubeSat with hardware provided

The initial AIAA-BWSI Challenge will focus on the Build A CubeSat project in which teams compete to develop their own 1U CubeSat to complete an ocean science research mission. Teams of roughly five students work together to develop satellite subsystems that can power and support an optical payload while analyzing data and wireless transmitting the results to a ground station.

The final competitions will be a virtual conference using student video submissions and online conferencing tools for live presentations, Q&A and Awards.


Each team will be provided with:

  • Hardware kit (~$250, functioning 1U CubeSat components) 

  • Access to BWSI Build a CubeSat online course

  • Mentoring support (office hours, technical mentors)