Rachel  Morgan

Rachel Morgan

Scholar Title

MIT AeroAstro EECS Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

Nanosatellite Lasercom System




Kerri Cahoy


CubeSats (small satellites) have become increasingly prominent in recent years due to their relatively low cost and improving scientific capabilities, prompting a need for high rate communication capabilities. Traditional radio frequency methods do not scale well to the size, weight, and power constrained CubeSat platform and require large ground station apertures. Therefore, free space laser communications (lasercom) for small satellites is an area of active research due to the possibility of improving the data capabilities of small satellites significantly. This project involves designing and prototyping an optical transceiver for the Free-space Lasercom and Radiation Experiment which will demonstrate a laser communications crosslink between two CubeSats.


Im interested in the SuperUROP program because I think free-space optical communications has a lot of potential to improve spacecraft communications, especially if it can be demonstrated on a small platform. Ive been UROPing in Prof. Cahoys lab since my freshman year, and Im excited to get more involved in the CubeSat projects she is working on.

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