Bob Twiggs

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Robert J. Twiggs
Bob Twiggs at the 2009 Summer CubeSat Developers' Workshop in Logan, Utah, United States
Born(1927-11-27)27 November 1927
Blackfoot, Idaho
Alma mater
Known for
Scientific career
FieldsAerospace engineering, Astronautics

Robert J. "Bob" Twiggs is a Professor of Astronautics and Space Science at Morehead State University.[1] He is responsible, along with Jordi Puig-Suari of California Polytechnic State University, for co-inventing the CubeSat reference design for miniaturized satellites[2][3] which became an Industry Standard for design and deployment of the satellites.[4][5]


Twiggs earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Idaho in 1961 and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in microwave devices from Stanford University in 1964.[6]


From 1985 to 1994, Twiggs was the director of the Weber State University Center for Aerospace Technology. He served as a consulting professor in the Stanford University Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics from 1994 to 2008. At Stanford, he established the Space Systems Development Laboratory. Bob Twiggs became a professor at Morehead State University in 2009[7][8] in an effort to push the PocketQube standard leveraging the University's large aperture (21m) space tracking system, and to help develop a space economy in the state of Kentucky.

In 2019, Twiggs designed and proposed another smaller, simpler satellite form factor called ThinSat which could enable high school students to design and build satellites.[9]


  1. ^ "Robert J. Twiggs". Morehead State University. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Kentucky Space: Prof. Bob Twiggs: CubeSats make space more accessible". 2009-05-03.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "SEEDMAGAZINE.COM : Revolutionary Minds : The Game Changers : Bob Twiggs + Jordi Puig-Suari". 2009-05-03. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-05-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ "Prof. Twiggs". 2009-05-03. Archived from the original on 2009-03-12.
  6. ^ "About Us". TwiggsSpaceLab. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  7. ^ "CubeSat Workshop Program of Events" (PDF). 2009-08-15.
  8. ^ "Satellite pioneer joins Morehead State's space science faculty". 2009-10-06. Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  9. ^ "Near Space Launch and Virginia STEM Students Ready to Send Second Constellation of 30 Small Sats – SatNews". Retrieved 2021-11-25.

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