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Sim to Balloon to Orbit Initiative (S2B2O)

A Collaborative Learning Adventure

Grades 7-12 & University Teams

Fall 2022

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The AIAA Rocky Mountain Section (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) are inviting student teams to a CubeSat adventure to learn about solar panels, batteries, UHF radio telemetry, 3D printing, sensors, payloads, balloons, and satellite communications. 

Facilitating teachers and their students will be introduced to AIAA mentors in an experiential learning adventure, where each team will have at least one aerospace mentor. Schools can participate with only a few students or an entire class. Our design team will support with resources for project management and facilitation strategies.

This is a pilot program where students inspire and inform every phase. Each team will have the freedom to design and innovate according to their passion and perseverance. 

This collaboration is FULL at this time. We will announce new opportunities as they become available. 


Phase I:

Students will build CubeSatSims (low cost satellite emulator that runs on solar panels and batteries, transmits UHF radio telemetry, has a 3D printed frame, and can be extended by additional sensors and modules.)

Phase II:

The CubeSat Sims can be launched on a high altitude balloon as the real-life realization to the principles the students are learning in Phase I.  Multiple groups/schools taking different data and analyzing/comparing, and diversifying the sensors aboard lead to collaborative "missions."      e.g. data, LINK 

Our teams and collaborating partners will be challenged to create an app or webpage whereby each team's data can be shared via an interactive global map.   (US, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Belize, UK, and more)


Phase III:

With the fundamentals and real-life launch/data experience completed, the third phase is to build and fly operational CubeSats. (These CubeSats would be orbital with either the Air Force, private entities/companies such as BLUE ORIGIN, or NASA's CubeSat Launch 

Teams are encouraged to share their accomplishments by posting videos to YouTube that describes the process, products, and learning by each team.



The project timeline can run at the rate that students need/desire based on their learning and progress. Phase I can be achieved in one semester. Phase II  extends the project ​​ and may take another semester or longer. Phase III is part of the all-encompassing goal to be implemented later. 


Schedule for Excellence

Each school works with their assigned mentor to create their own collaborative schedule. (asynchronous, synchronous, and in person) Each team will share weekly status reports covering research, technical  questions, challenges, and project management updates. Teams have the option of written reports, video reports, or checking in live weekly via zoom. 

Learning Approach 

Student Driven / Teacher Facilitated / Aerospace Industry Inspired and Informed

Students will do the work via experiential, hands-on, and applied learning.

Facilitating Teachers facilitate a relationship between their students and subject matter experts. Teachers are not expected to be subject matter experts. Teachers will communicate in order to build a digital community and share, catalog, and record successes and ideas.  

Mentors inspire and inform by simply listening to students and offering advice. Mentors will be provided with resources for "Best Practices" and encouraged to communicate with other mentors to give our teams a global network of support. Mentors do not teach, create content and curriculum, or handle classroom management. 

Collaboration Between Teams

The combined network of our mentors and teams will ensure that all parties are supported. Teams are highly encouraged to share solutions and help other teams. 



Spanish / English


Our intent is to provide this global learning adventure simultaneously in Spanish and English. We will work through challenges and opportunities together, respecting the potential of multiple perspectives for the global mission of empowering all learners, GLOBALLY.  We are working on translations of this site and all resources into Spanish. 

Design Team

  • Project Lead: Nicholas Florio - (Systems Engineer at Lockheed Blue Origin) RM AIAA

  • CubeSatSim Project Design: Dr. Alan Johnston - Education Outreach VP for AMSAT

  • Leads for Facilitating Teachers: Tom Kirk, Eric Henrikson, & Patrick Thornton  (Engineering Teachers)

  • Project Coordinator: Gregg Cannady - One Voice 4 Change

  • Project Management Advisor: Eric Wilson - (Colorado School of Mines, PhD Student, Space Resources Program)

  • Advisory: Jim Christensen - Executive Director of ShareSpace Education, the education arm of the Aldrin Family Foundation

  • Advisory: Craig Merrett - AIAA, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Clarkson University

  • Advisory: Kevin L. Simmons - NSS Space Ambassador

This collaboration is FULL at this time. We will announce new opportunities as they become available

For more information, contact Gregg Cannady:

More Resources & Links


Descripción del proyecto en español: LINK

Thank you Aurospace


AIAA FREE HS Student Membership: LINK

BLUECUBE Aerospace


There are so many ways to find out more about CubeSats. Check out Pony Express from LM.

Mission Examples: Payloads


Lucy Instrument Suite:

Lucy Instrument Details:

OSIRIS-REx Instrument Suite:



CubeSat Products:

Dragonfly CubeSat Cameras:

CubeSat Catalog:

CubeSat Vendor Catalog:

                Other vendors you can look up: Tyvak, NanoAvionics, Adcole, Pumpkin Space

The Horizons of CubeSat Technology: 

"Learn a Lot - The Hard Way" with Sarah Rogers, Phoenix CubeSat Design:

NASA CubeSat 101:

Activity from NASA: 


TED Talk: what can we use the satellite for?  What problems can we solve? 

Space Steps:

Building web apps to help educate students around the world on space topics. Stay tuned for apps built for S2B2O.

Online Dashboard for Sharing Data (example): 

Phoenix CubeSat

Shared by Sarah Rogers, Systems Engineer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Virtual CubeSat Build: FREE APP -

Glossary of Aerospace Terms en español: LINK Here is the accompanying explanation from Alexandra Lora (ABE, Agencia Boliviana Espacial: LINK (This paper presents a proposal to standardize the aerospace terminology in Spanish and then create a tool (Spanish Aerospace Terminology Standardization SATS) available to use for all public.) The creation of the translation tool would be a valuable quest for our S2B2O teams to complete.

Congratulations Coral (Bolivia): GOSATS Pilot Class, Spring 2022







































Technical Paper: LINK


Check out this presentation from studnets being mentored by Lockheed Martin employees.  (Executive HS Internship Program)

May 10, 2022-Final Presentations






Tiger's Ebb Website LINK

Send a Postcard to Space: 

Stay tuned for a bilingual, virtual postcard Summer 2022 Postcard Session.

S2B2O Events & Invitations

(more information about who can attend will be shared with teams, TBA)

  • July 19, 2022 -  Operation “SUP SAT” with Junhyung Park LINK

  • July 25, 2022 - BYOI "Bring Your Own Ideas" with Aphelion Aerospace Interns LINK

  • Sept. 15-16, 2022 - Career Connected Education — A Colorado Pathways Conference, co-hosted by The Attainment Network and CareerWise Colorado, with lead sponsor Colorado Succeeds LINK

  • Oct. 1, 2022 - Our summer interns will presents the CubeSat Sim at Cool Science in Colorado Springs,, CO

  • Oct. 29-30 - SmallSat Education Conference LINK

Confirmed & Interested Teams

School/University                                             Facilitating Teacher/Professor           Mentors                                                    Country      

Universidad Privada Boliviana                      Gustavo Siles                                        Junhyung Park                                           Bolivia

Universidad Catolica Boliviana                      Fabio Richard Diaz Palacios                TBA                                                           Bolivia

Aurospace                                                         Edrick Uribe                                         Edrick, Ulises, Edgar                                 Mexico

Wheat Ridge High School                               Steve Shultz                                          TBA                                                           USA (CO)

Our Lady of Guadalupe R.C. HS                   Michael Cus                                          TBA                                                           Belize

ESCUELA MILITAR DE INGENIERÍA      Victor Hugo Cuevas Bustamante          TBA                                                           Bolivia

Liberty Bells Schools                                        Bede Adazie                                          TBA                                                          Nigeria

Sideralis Foundation                                         Matías Campos                                     TBA                                                          Ecuador

Kenya Space Agency                                         Charles Mwangi                                    KSA Mentors                                           Kenya

Aerospace & Innovation Academy                  Kevin Simmons                                    TBA                                                          USA (FL)

San Agustin School                                            Roberto Figueroa Aranibar                   TBA                                                          Bolivia

Center: Creativity, Innovation, & Discovery  Rob Christensen                                   TBA                                                          USA (UT)

Northfield High School                                     Patrick Thornton                                   TBA                                                          USA (CO)

IE. De Mujeres Nuestra Señora De Montserrat   Nilda Rosa Ulloa Miñano                    TBA                                                          Perú        

Colegio Peruano Chino Juan XXIII                 John Eliseo Torres Gonzales                TBA                                                         Perú

PCNBR de Ntra. Sra. de GUADALUPE          Raúl Dionisio Caroy Zelaya                TBA                                                         Perú

The Vanguard School                                         Steven Riegel                                       TBA                                                         USA (CO)

Wings Aerospace Pathways                               Michelle McMahon                              TBA                                                         USA (CO)

Realms of Inquiry                                               Peter Westman                                      TBA                                                         USA (UT)

Vikhe Patil Memorial School, Pune                  Monika Mishra                                     TBA                                                         India

Falcon Aerolab                                                    Erik Henrikson                                     TBA                                                        USA (CO)

The above list does not include 


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