CECIL, 1U Amateur Radio CubeSat; The Effects of Advanced Ceramic Materials on the Recycling Industry

Craft, Nathaniel, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Seabrook, Bryn, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Goyne, Chris, EN-Mech/Aero Engr Dept, University of Virginia

Technical Project
The goal of this technical project by my team in the UVA Spacecraft Design capstone class is to design and implement an amateur radio satellite. The satellite is designed to be used on an amateur radio frequency, and we have partnered with the Amateur Radio Society to send an experimental satellite onboard as the payload of the satellite in order to run different communication tests. The goal of this mission is to be completed at low cost, and with low risk of failure, so that our payoff is larger and more permanent. The goal is for a satellite that can operate for a long period of time, allowing people to communicate and run tests using the experimental radio. This goal helps to solidify the spacecraft engineering prowess of the UVA Mechanical Engineering department and its students, who have designed this mission from the ground up. Currently this satellite is designed to be outfitted with the experimental radio from the Amateur Radio Society, a wide range transceiver, and a camera. Along with the other parts and electronics necessary to run this payload and communicate effectively with the UVA ground station, this will allow people operating on amateur radio frequencies to contact the cube satellite and request the pictures it has taken of the earth. This also allows the Amateur Radio Society and students at UVA to run different communications tests with the satellite and learn more about space travel and communication. This project is currently set to be finished in the year 2022, however the current fourth years working on the project have set the groundwork for the mission that will be completed in the next few years.

STS Research Project
Recycling is the main focus of the STS research paper. Recycling is necessary in modern society as resources start to deplete and we begin to see the natural end to mass manufacturing. Eventually we will have used up all of a particular resource and will not have any choice but to recycle. Unfortunately, some of these resources are manufactured into a form that can be dangerous to the environment and to people. The question being answered is how America plans to prepare for the safe recycling of ceramics in the future once they become more prevalent. Recycling of is a major problem facing American society, seeing as no national policy is in place, and we trail far behind the countries in Europe and Asia that recycle efficiently and regularly. Many ceramic materials used in thermal protection applications are not only rare, but dangerous if left in the environment unchecked. These reasons give a need to determine a reliable method to recycle these technologies before they become mainstream in their usage, and end up discarded like many environmentally harmful products do today. This paper does focus on the future in its problem, but I have tried to use current methods of countries with successful recycling programs to form a solution. The goal is to produce a policy and method of recycling in the United States that will not only help to solve the problem posited by this research paper, but also help to alleviate the recycling burden the US already creates.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Social Construction of Technology, Recycling, Ceramics, Glass Recycling, Ceramic Recycling, Recycling Policy

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Technical Advisor: Chris Goyne
STS Advisor: Bryn Seabrook
Technical Team Members: Sean Bergmann, Henry Blalock, David Broome, Joshua Choe, Eva Femia, Ari Goldman, Martin Keuchkerian, Gabriel Norris, Andrew Oxford, Jack Shea, Isabella Todaro, Zach Wilson, Monica Wuhrer

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