Did you know that there will be CubeSats launched alongside NOAA’s JPSS-1 later this year? The CubeSats are part of the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program which is part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative.
So what are CubeSats? CubeSats are small satellites, approximately four inches per side, which can be attached to a larger mission and used for educational, research and development purposes. These tiny satellites will accompany the JPSS-1 spacecraft inside the rocket fairing on board the Delta II rocket that will take the satellite into space from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California.
ELaNa missions are selected by a NASA review panel and awardees are tasked with the design, development and delivery of the CubeSats. The program provides universities and non-profit organizations with hands-on experience developing flight hardware and enables NASA to develop public-private partnerships while strengthening the Nation’s future STEM workforce. The JPSS-1 satellite will carry payloads for four universities whose mission objectives include STEM engagement, technology development and research into the effects of space radiation on semiconductor memory hardware. The CubeSats launching with JPSS-1 include: