At Bluesmart we are all about exploring new frontiers and tackling hard engineering challenges. This is exactly what our Co-founder and VP of Engineering Martin Diz did last week: he went to NASA to work on an experiment to test a Micro-Satellite Altitude Control System designed by him and a group of researchers at the University of Buffalo, New York. He and the device boarded a NASA reduced gravity aircraft and tested the device in zero gravity conditions. Yes, Bluesmart went to zero freaking gravity!

Bluesmart in Zero Gravity
Bluesmart in Zero G

To be more technical, they tested the application of a carpal wrist joint to the momentum management and control of small satellites. Use of the wrist joint to articulate a reaction-control gyroscope should enable precision pointing of a small satellite on multiple axes. Pretty badass stuff.

Bluesmart visits NASA
Getting ready to test the device on the aircraft

This was part of a project that Martin participated in as part of his PhD program in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Buffalo. The project was selected by NASA initially to fly on Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, but after Virgin Galactic’s test flight accident, it was rescheduled for this new flying experiment. In addition to Martin’s team, teams from MIT and Stanford-JPL were testing experiments.

Bluesmart at NASA
Yes, Bluesmart Head of Engineering is a Rocket Scientist for real

We are super proud that our Co-founder and VP of Engineering is an actual rocket scientist, and that in addition to building Bluesmart, he’s making a contribution to the development of space technology. Also, this gives us a lot of peace of mind: if he can create systems to control freaking satellites in space, he should be more than capable of designing systems to track luggage on Earth and beyond :). Go Martin go!

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-The Bluesmart Team