Bob Twiggs

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Bob Twiggs at the 2009 Summer CubeSat Developers' Workshop in Logan, Utah, United States

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.


  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. 
  5. ^ "Prof. Twiggs". 2009-05-03. Archived from the original on 2009-03-12. 
  6. ^ Retrieved 30 November 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "CubeSat Workshop Program of Events" (PDF). 2009-08-15. 
  8. ^ "Satellite pioneer joins Morehead State's space science faculty". 2009-10-06. 

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