Jordi Puig-Suari

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Jordi Puig-Suari is a professor and aerospace technology developer. He is the co-inventor of the CubeSat standard, and is currently co-founder of Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems.[1]


Puig-Suari is a professor at CalPoly,[2] and, as of 2009, had participated in five satellite development efforts and the launch of seven spacecraft missions.[3]

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.[4]


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.[1]

Over time, the CubeSat design emerged as an Industry standard, widely "adopted by universities, companies and government agencies around the world."[1]

The first CubeSats were launched into low-Earth orbit in June 2003. As of August 2012, approximately 75 CubeSats have been placed into orbit, and the number is growing rapidly.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "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." 
  2. ^ "Aerospace Engineering Faculty". Cal Poly. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  3. ^ "IAC2009". International Astronautical Federation. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  4. ^ Werner, Deborah (13 August 2012). "Builders Packing More Capability into Small Satellites". 

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