Capitol Professor Sandy Antunes Publishes Book on Picosatellites


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Capitol Professor Sandy Antunes Publishes Book on Picosatellites
LAUREL, Md. (March 21, 2012) – Capitol College Professor Sandy Antunes recently authored the book “DIY Satellite Platforms: Building a Space-Ready General Base Picosatellite for Any Mission.”
The work is the first of a four-part series and provides instructions for those looking to build their own satellite and launch it into space. Do-it-yourselfers will be shown the steps for developing a base picosatellite platform that is strong enough to withstand a rocket launch and then survive in orbit for three months.
“I think we’re in a new space age where commercial entities are finally developing space capability,” Antunes said. “To prove this point, I built a satellite in my basement to show it could be done. And I want to disseminate how, so other people can have an easier time of it than I did – hence the books.”
Other topics discussed in the work include: selecting base components such as antennas, radio transmitters, solar cells, batteries, power buses, processors, sensors and picosatellite chassis. Along with the technical aspects of satellite development, Antunes also delves into the art concepts of satellites, how to order the correct parts, balancing budgets and working together with a team.
“Book one is on building your own satellite, book two is on surviving orbit, and in the summer, I’ll have book three on instruments and book four on satellite communications,” Antunes said.
Prior to teaching at Capitol, Antunes worked with the ground operations of multiple NASA astrophysics and solar satellites. He also carried out simulation, modeling and analysis research, performed various outreach and proposal work, and engaged in popular science writing.
Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to education in engineering, computer science, information technology and business through practices of leadership and innovation. Founded in 1927, Capitol offers associate, bachelor’s and master's degrees, a Doctor of Science in Information Assurance, professional development training and certificates. Academic programs are grounded in centers of excellence; these include the Space Operations Institute, the Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center, the Innovation and Leadership Institute, and the Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach. The college campus is located in Laurel, Maryland, a suburban setting midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.