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Plug-N-Play Satellites

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Billions of dollars and dozens of years are spent to build satellite systems, and most efforts involve getting all the parts to communicate and work together. Electrical engineer James Lyke decided to make that process faster, smarter, and more flexible. He started with the guestion: "Wouldn't it be nice to have a system that worked like plugging a mouse into a computer?" This was the inspiration for Plug-n-Play satellites -- modular spacecraft components that can go together via multi-port panels -- no matter what kind of system is being built. With this revolutionary system, scientists and engineers have more freedom to choose different ways of building spacecraft. "The greatest thing about what we're doing here is that it was a fantastic idea and people have really come together and made it work," says aerospace engineer Millay Morgan.
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Smart Satellite Systems
Spacecraft Components

 

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    A state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • The Stephens Foundation
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e-Learning for Educators/ APT Learn Online
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • U.S. Department of Education
STEM Education Initiative
  • Ann & Alfred F. Delchamps, Jr. Charitable Fund
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Beverly and Gary Cooper Charitable Fund
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
General Educational Support
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  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
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