NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions


NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions

WASHINGTON — NASA is seeking proposals for tiny satellite payloads to fly on rockets designed to launch between 2013 and 2016. These tiny spacecraft, famous as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads on formerly designed missions.

CubeSats are a category of investigate booster called nanosatellites. These cube-shaped satellites are approximately 4 inches long, have a volume of about one quart and import reduction than 3 pounds.

Proposed CubeSat investigations contingency be unchanging with NASA’s Strategic Plan and a NASA preparation prophesy and goals. The investigate contingency residence aspects of science, exploration, record development, preparation or operations.

Applicants contingency contention proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 12. NASA will name a payloads by Jan. 31, 2013. Selection does not pledge a launch opportunity. The comparison booster will be authorised for moody after final negotiations when a launch event arises. NASA will not yield appropriation for a growth of a tiny satellites.

NASA recently announced a formula from a third turn of a CubeSat Launch Initiative. From a initial 3 launch initiatives, 64 payloads done a brief list for launch opportunities between 2011 and 2014. They are authorised for launch tentative an suitable event and final negotiations. The satellites come from 25 states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.

For additional information about NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit:


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