Puerto Rico’s First CubeSat: Multidisciplinary Research Project to Attract STEM Students into the Area of Aerospace Systems

The purpose of this paper is to present an interdisciplinary research project using Cubesats to attract engineering students to the area of aerospace systems.

This project is an opportunity to encourage collaboration between with different universities in Puerto Rico while at the same time promoting a higher degree of learning. The objective of the Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium (PRSGC) is to enhance Puerto Rico’s research, education and workforce in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). With this in mind, the participating universities are assigned a part in the CubeSats construction. The University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez is tasked with building and testing the electronic power supply (EPS). The Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon will focus on the structural and mechanical design of the CubeSat. As an example of the progress obtained through interdisciplinary research, this paper will focus on the EPS developed by UPRM and how the collaboration with other institutions and disciplines made it possible.