NASA Selects 10 New CubeSat Missions To Fly to the International Space Station | Space

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NASA has chosen 10 small satellites from across eight states for the International Space Station, enhancing educational and scientific opportunities. Credit:

NASA’s CubeSat initiative supports 10 new missions, promoting educational and technological advancement through modular satellites. These include diverse projects from universities and a K-12 school, focusing on scientific research and sustainable space technology.

NASA selected 10 small research satellites across eight states to fly to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s efforts to expand education and science opportunities, support technology advancement, and provide for workforce development.

These small satellites, or CubeSats, use a standard size and form measured in units. One unit (1U) is 10x10x11 centimeters and allows for the modular design of larger CubeSats measuring up to 12U. CubeSats encourage greater collaboration across government, industry, and academia because they are modular and inexpensive to build and launch. The small satellites allow for rapid development and provide a cost-effective means for science investigations and technology demonstrations in space.

Students from the University of Michigan work on their Measurement of Actuator Response and In Orbit (MARIO) CubeSat which launched to the International Space Station in November 2022. Credit: University of Michigan.

This year’s selections include the first project from Delaware, three from minority serving institutions, and a submission from a K-12 school. New participants include the University of Delaware, Oakwood School in California, California State University, Long Beach, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and the University of Chicago.

NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) selected the missions, currently planned to launch in 2025 to 2028, in response to a call for proposals on August 7, 2023.

The complete list of organizations and CubeSats chosen during CSLI 15th…

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