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Student Expectations from Participating in a Small Spacecraft Development Program

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Department of Computer Science, University of North Dakota, 3950 Campus Road, Stop 9015, Grand Forks, ND 58202, USA
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Department of Space Studies, University of North Dakota, 4149 University Ave, Stop 9008, Grand Forks, ND 58202, USA
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Aerospace 2014, 1(1), 18-30; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace1010018
Received: 25 September 2013 / Revised: 24 October 2013 / Accepted: 6 November 2013 / Published: 12 November 2013
The number of small spacecraft development programs in the United States and worldwide have increased significantly over the course of the last 10 years. This paper analyzes reasons for the growth in these programs by assessing what student participants hope to gain from their participation. Participants in the OpenOrbiter Small Spacecraft Development Initiative at the University of North Dakota were surveyed at the beginning of an academic year to determine why they were planning to participate in the program again or join and participate for the first time. This paper presents the results of this survey. View Full-Text
Keywords: small spacecraft; student participation; CubeSat; student expectations; experiential education; project-based learning small spacecraft; student participation; CubeSat; student expectations; experiential education; project-based learning
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Straub, J.; Whalen, D. Student Expectations from Participating in a Small Spacecraft Development Program. Aerospace 2014, 1, 18-30.

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