In 2011 Puig-Suari and Scott MacGillivray, former manager of nanosatellite programs for Boeing Phantom Works, established Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems in San Luis Obispo, California, to sell miniature avionics packages for small satellites, with the goal to increase the volume available for payloads.
Puig-Suari was the co-inventor of the CubeSat reference design[when?], along with professor Bob Twiggs of Stanford University. Their goal was to enable graduate students to be able to design, build, test and operate in space a spacecraft with capabilities similar to that of the first spacecraft, Sputnik.
- "Cubist Movement". Space News. 2012-08-13. p. 30. "When professors Jordi Puig-Suari of California Polytechnic State University and Bob Twiggs of Stanford University invented the cubesat a little more than a decade ago, they never imagined that the tiny satellites would be adopted by universities, companies and government agencies around the world. They simply wanted to design a spacecraft with capabilities similar to Sputnik that graduate student could design, build, test and operate. For size, the professors settled on a 10-centimeter cube because it was large enough to accommodate a basic communications payload, solar panels and a battery."
- "Aerospace Engineering Faculty". Cal Poly. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
- "IAC2009". International Astronautical Federation. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
- Werner, Deborah (13 August 2012). "Builders Packing More Capability into Small Satellites".
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