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NASA Selects Candidates For CubeSat Space Missions: Know More

Recently, The National Aeronautics And Space Administration (NASA) Announced That It Has Selected 18 Small Research Satellites From 11 States To Fly As Auxiliary Payloads Aboard Rockets Launching In 2021, 2022 And 2023.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Anurag Singh | Updated on: 24 Feb 2020, 02:58:47 PM
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NASA Selects Candidates For CubeSat Space Missions (Photo Credit: NASA)

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Recently, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that it has selected 18 small research satellites from 11 states to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets launching in 2021, 2022 and 2023. It is to be noted that the selected CubeSats were proposed by educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and NASA centres in response to NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) call for proposals issued in August 2019.

“CSLI is an amazing opportunity that provides tremendous value to NASA and the universities and organizations that design and develop CubeSat missions. It’s the perfect win-win,” said Sam Fonder, program executive, Launch Services Program.

“Developers get a chance to build and test small spacecraft for research in space. NASA can use this research to assist in accomplishing its mission objectives,” he added.

Below are the organizations and the CubeSats chosen during this selection round:

  1. Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire - Realistic Electron Atmospheric Loss (REAL)
  2. Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico - NanoSat Atmospheric Chemistry Hyperspectral Observation System (NACHOS)
  3. University of California, Berkeley - CubeSat Radio Interferometry Experiment (CURIE) & QubeSat
  4. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa - BAMA-1 
  5. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis - IMpulsive Phase Rapid Energetic Solar Spectrometer (IMPRESS)
  6. University of Washington, Seattle - Satellite for Optimal Control and Imaging (SOC-I)
  7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge - BeaverCube II
  8. University of Colorado at Boulder - MAXWELL
  9. Irvine CubeSat STEM Program, California - IRVINE04
  10. University of Maine, Orono - MESAT-1
  11. Rice University, Houston - OwlSat
  12. NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California - CubeSat Laser Infrared Crosslink, Pathfinder Technology Demonstration (PTD-3), Starling, X-1, TechEdSat-12
  13. NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia - GPX-2

    It is worth mentioning here that so far, 192 CubeSat missions from 41 states and Puerto Rico have been selected, and over 100 CubeSats have launched into space through ELaNa mission rideshare opportunities.

    CubeSats are a type of small spacecraft. In their smallest form, they measure about four inches on each side, weigh less than three pounds, and have an approximate volume of one quart. CubeSats are built using these standard dimensions or Units (U) and are typically classified as 1U, 2U, 3U, 6U, or 12U in total size. Each selected CubeSat proposal was required to address aspects of the agency’s science, technology development, or education goals.

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    Launch opportunities for the selectees will be provided through the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) missions facilitated by NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP).  Selectees will hitch a ride with planned spaceflight missions led by NASA, other U.S. government agencies, or commercial organizations. After launch, the CubeSats will deploy into orbit from either the launch vehicle or the International Space Station.

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    First Published : 24 Feb 2020, 02:58:47 PM

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