BAMA (Ballistic Atmospheric Measurement Apparatus)
The BAMA project seeks to use Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) to precisely determine time-dependent state vectors for a CubeSat in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO). This will be done so as to estimate and develop models capable of predicting thermospheric neutral density. In addition, the project will use the design, fabrication, launch and operation of the BAMA to inspire students in Alabama's Black Belt region to consider STEM related careers.
The BAMA project is funded by the Alabama Space Grant Consortium and the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
BAMA: A Collaborative Endeavor
The BAMA project is a collaboration between the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) Department and the STEM/CREATE-MBA Program.
BAMA Life Cycle: Current Status