Coast Guard Academy graduate Ensign Anita Green led a group of cadets on a capstone project to design a cube satellite meant to travel in space on a polar orbit to allow Coast Guard and other partner agencies to monitor icebergs. In theory, the satellites could save the U.S. millions of dollars. Green hopes her work on the project and in the Coast Guard lead to a career as an astronaut.
There is a new landmark at the Coast Guard Academy and it is helping to launch the Coast Guard into an era of space operations.
The satellite communications ground station on the roof of Smith Hall was built by the Coast Guard Research and Development Center to support the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Polar Scout project, which successfully launched two CubeSats in December 2018, and will soon support a broad range of educational opportunities for cadets.
When we heard Capt. Dan Burbank – who recently returned from a six-month stint as Expedition 30 commander – would be in the area, we knew we wanted to interview him. But what to ask an astronaut? We turned to our Facebook fans for help and thanks to Erin, Sharon, Edward, Marshall, John and Gwen we had the perfect questions to ask.