NASA Selects 24 Cubesats for Flight Opportunities

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NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative has selected 24 nanosatellites to fly as auxiliary payloads on rockets planned to launch in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Measuring 10 centimeters on each side and weighing less than 1.1 kilograms, the cubesat proposals announced Feb. 26 come from universities across the United States, a Florida high school, several nonprofit organizations and NASA field centers, the agency said in a press release.

The winning satellite proposals were submitted by:

  • The Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, Calif.
  • The Discovery Museum and Planetarium, Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Ariz.
  • Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky., in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley.
  • Montana State University, Bozeman (two cubesats) in partnership with the University of New Hampshire, Durham.
  • Merritt Island High School, Fla., in partnership with California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
  • NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
  • NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. (three cubesats).
  • NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. (three cubesats).
  • NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
  • Pennsylvania State University, in partnership with the Naval Research Laboratory, Monterey, Calif.; and the Aerospace Corp.
  • Saint Louis University, St. Louis.
  • Tyvak Nano-Satellites Systems, Irvine, Calif., in partnership with California Polytechnic State University.
  • University at Buffalo, the State University of New York.
  • University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, in partnership with Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
  • University of Texas, Austin.
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in partnership with the Radio Amateur Satellite Corp., Silver Spring, Md.