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Wednesday 27 September 2023,

ThunderBIRD needs your support to win the People’s Choice Award in the HeroX CubeSat Challenge.

The Sun Devil Laboratory (SDSL) project ThunderBIRD is a finalist for their proposal of utilizing a mesh wireless network in small satellites (FemtoSats) that could have novel use in military applications.

Vote now using Facebook, LinkedIn or Google to cast your choice

Undergraduate students from electrical engineering, aerospace engineering and chemistry backgrounds make up the ThunderBIRD team. They previously worked on SDSL’s Phoenix CubeSat mission funded by NASA and other projects such as CanSat and the Pulsed Plasma Thruster.

By voting for this project, they may receive an award of $5,000 to develop their technology and bring it from concept to reality.

If you’re interested in this project or have any questions, please contact Yisha Ng, the project lead, at

Project leads include Yisha Ng and Alex Bertram. Members include Peter Vu, Sheldon Meyer, Luis Sanchez de la Vega, Daniel La Rosa, Ciara Sypherd, Menna Hussein, Jaime Sanchez de la Vega, Andre De Simone and Luis Gerardo Medina.

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