GAS Team Projects

Utah State University’s Get Away Special Team has nearly 40 years of experience dealing with space and microgravity experimentation. Founded when a Gilbert Moore bought the first Get Away Special reservation from NASA and donated it to Utah State University, students have done various experiments over the years in partnership with multiple space programs. The current team is pursuing the development of a single unit cube satellite designed to demonstrate a passive control system known as the Aeroboom. Unlike active control systems, such as magnetic torquing, that help to stabilize and orient a CubeSat in Low Earth Orbit, the Aeroboom is a deployable, inflatable tube that would extend a meter in length and harden into shape in the UV light. A summary of USU’s Get Away Special history can be noted in the timeline below.