CAPE is a completely nonprofit and student run organization which develops and builds picosatellites along with a host of other aerospace and mission related systems such as weather balloons and sensor buoys. Our facilities are provided by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The goal of this project is to give students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette the opportunity to research, design, develop, and maintain a low earth orbiting satellite.
CAPE offers its members a very rare and exciting opportunity to get involved in aerospace development at the undergraduate level. Members don’t need need any prior knowledge of programming and electronics. In fact, we routinely recruit from beginner computer science and electrical and computer engineering courses. You’ll get a chance to learn from more experienced members and industry mentors in a far more hands on kind of environment then you will experience in a classroom or even a lab. Through working with CAPE you can learn a great deal about using micro-controllers, applied RF communication (digital and analogue), computer programming at an embedded level, implementing electronics in aerospace applications, creating professional hardware schematics, and constructing PCB layouts.
To become a team member download an application from here, fill it out and either turn it in to a team member in Madison 146 (the C.A.P.E. lab) or the secretary at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department office located in Madison Hall Room 208. CAPEApplication.doc
CAPE is an organization dedicated to open development and the free exchange of ideas and so this wiki contains much of the information and documentation for its various projects and serves as a development reference. Also, this wiki contains various tutorials on micro-controller programming and other related subjects along with a development journal.