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Cubesat Deployed a De-Orbiting Tether. Now it is Losing Altitude 24 Times Faster than Before

January 29, 2020

A company called Tethers Unlimited has deployed its de-orbiting tether in a successful test on the Prox-1 satellite.…
LLNL’s space program lifts off with launch of satellite

January 9, 2020

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) Space Science and Security Program had a banner month in December as the program…
NASA’s Briefcase-Size MarCO Satellite Picks Up Honors

November 28, 2019

Aviation Week & Space Technology is bestowing a prestigious Laureate award on NASA’s pair of briefcase-size Mars Cube…
Lunar IceCube Mission to Locate, Study Resources Needed for Sustained Presence on Moon

November 12, 2019

As we venture forward to the Moon and establish a sustained lunar presence, finding and understanding water on…
The ESA is Ready to Launch an Earth Observation Satellite with On-Board AI

September 16, 2019

As part of its FSSCat mission – proposed in 2017 by Spain’s Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and developed…
NASA Funds CubeSat Pathfinder Mission to Unique Lunar Orbit

September 16, 2019

NASA has awarded a $13.7 million contract to Advanced Space of Boulder, Colorado, to develop and operate a…
MarCO Wins the ‘Oscar’ for Tiny Spacecraft

August 12, 2019

The first briefcase-size CubeSats to journey to another planet have been honored for their role in NASA InSight’s…
CubeSats Dance: One Water-Powered NASA Spacecraft Commands Another in Orbit

August 6, 2019

On June 21, 2019, NASA demonstrated the first coordinated maneuver between two CubeSats in low-Earth orbit as part…
Small but mighty: A mini plasma-powered satellite under construction may launch a new era in space exploration

July 30, 2019

A tiny satellite under construction at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) could open new…
Student-built satellites deployed into orbit from the International Space Station

July 22, 2019

On a quiet Wednesday morning, a small group gathered at Virginia Tech’s Center for Space Science and Engineering…
E-TBEx's deployment is tested at the Michigan Exploration Lab. Constructing and testing the E-TBEx CubeSats was particularly complex because of the multiple antennas and solar panels that deploy after launch. Credits: University of Michigan/Michigan Exploration Lab
NASA Prepares to Launch Twin Satellites to Study Signal Disruption From Space

June 11, 2019

NASA’s twin E-TBEx CubeSats — short for Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment — are scheduled to launch in June…
Planet-Hunter CubeSat Images Los Angeles

May 17, 2019

A small satellite designed to hunt for new planets beyond the solar system recently looked down at Earth…
A brief laser flash at the center of the frame was part of an experiment conducted by two NASA CubeSats. In it, one small satellite used a laser to send information to the ISARA CubeSat, managed by JPL. Credit: The Aerospace Corporation
NASA Demos CubeSat Laser Communications Capability

April 10, 2019

Two NASA CubeSats teamed up on an impromptu optical, or laser, communications pointing experiment. The laser beam is…
Beyond Mars, the Mini MarCO Spacecraft Fall Silent

February 6, 2019

Before the pair of briefcase-sized spacecraft known collectively as MarCO launched last year, their success was measured by…
Billboards in Space? Astronomers Are Not Pleased

January 18, 2019

It was bound to happen. While the rest of us look up at the night sky, and wonder…
NASA Sends CubeSats to Space on First Dedicated Launch with US Partner Rocket Lab

December 18, 2018

A series of new CubeSats now are in space, conducting a variety of scientific investigations and technology demonstrations,…
10 CubeSats Ready for NASA’s First Venture Class Launch

December 16, 2018

NASA will enable the launch of 10 small research satellites, or CubeSats, selected through the CubeSat Launch Initiative…
SpaceX Uses a Thrice-Launched Booster to Send 64 Satellites Into Space.

December 4, 2018

On Monday, Dec. 3rd, private aerospace giant SpaceX launched its Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission. The launch took…
One of the Most Exciting Parts of InSight is Actually the Tiny Cubesats

November 28, 2018

Yesterday, NASA’s Mars InSight lander successfully touched down on the Martian surface after spending seven long months in…
NASA Hears MarCO CubeSats Loud and Clear from Mars

November 28, 2018

NASA’s MarCO mission was built to see whether two experimental, briefcase-sized spacecraft could survive the trip to deep…
SpaceX to Launch 64 Satellites, Including Orbital Reflector

November 21, 2018

A unique smallsat mission promises to be the latest satellite “brighter than a Full Moon!” in the night…
Dellingr: The Little CubeSat That Could

October 24, 2018

Zipping through the sky 250 miles up is a shoebox-sized bundle of detectors and electronics named Dellingr. The…
NASA’s First Image of Mars from a CubeSat

October 23, 2018

NASA’s MarCO mission was designed to find out if briefcase-sized spacecraft called CubeSats could survive the journey to…
NASA Evaluates Commercial Small-Sat Earth Data for Science

October 5, 2018

NASA has launched a pilot program to evaluate how Earth science data from commercial small-satellite constellations could supplement…
NASA’s Centennial Challenges: Cube Quest Challenge

October 1, 2018

The Cube Quest competition, sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate Centennial Challenge Program, offers a total of…
NASA Tests Tiny Satellites to Track Global Storms

September 26, 2018

How many times have you stepped outside into a surprise rainstorm without an umbrella and wished that weather…
Next Generation Animal Tracking Ideation Challenge

September 17, 2018

Current animal tracking technology provides limited coverage and is costly.  NASA and The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management…
MarCO Makes Space for Small Explorers

September 14, 2018

Twenty years ago, CubeSats — a class of boxy satellites small enough to fit in a backpack —…
A Japanese Company is About to Test a Tiny Space Elevator… in Space

September 11, 2018

Let’s be honest, launching things into space with rockets is a pretty inefficient way to do things. Not…
ASTERIA Wins Small Satellite Mission of the Year Award

August 15, 2018

The ASTERIA mission has earned the Small Satellite Mission of the Year award from the Small Satellite Technical…
NASA’s New Mini Satellite Will Study Milky Way’s Halo

July 19, 2018

Astronomers keep coming up short when they survey “normal” matter, the material that makes up galaxies, stars and…
NASA CubeSats Steer Toward Mars

June 2, 2018

NASA has achieved a first for the class of tiny spacecraft known as CubeSats, which are opening new…
Small Packages to Test Big Space Technology Advances

May 21, 2018

This weekend, when the next cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station lifts off from NASA Wallops…
NASA’s First Deep-Space CubeSats Say: ‘Polo!’

May 7, 2018

NASA has received radio signals indicating that the first-ever CubeSats headed to deep space are alive and well.…
X-ray Navigation Considered for Possible CubeSat Mission; NASA Studies as a Technique for Human Exploration

May 4, 2018

Now that NASA has shown the viability of autonomous X-ray navigation in space, a team led by the…
Astrophysics CubeSat Demonstrates Big Potential in a Small Package

April 15, 2018

The ASTERIA satellite, which was deployed into low-Earth orbit in November, is only slightly larger than a box…
Shoebox-sized cube satellite to study Earth’s inner radiation belt

March 14, 2018

A NASA-funded cube satellite built and operated by University of Colorado Boulder researchers will study the inner radiation…
Putting everyday computer parts to space radiation test

January 30, 2018

ESA’s next mission, the miniature GomX-4B, includes a piggyback experiment to test how well everyday commercial computer memories…
JPL Deploys a CubeSat for Astronomy

December 8, 2017

Tiny satellites called CubeSats have attracted a lot of attention in recent years. Besides allowing researchers to test…
NASA Begins Checkout of Dellingr Spacecraft Designed to Improve Robustness of CubeSat Platforms

November 29, 2017

NASA ground controllers have begun checking out and commissioning a shoebox-sized spacecraft that the agency purposely built to…
NASA to Test Advanced Space Wireless Network and Device for Returning Small Spacecraft to Earth

November 25, 2017

NASA launched the Technology Educational Satellite, or TechEdSat-6, to the International Space Station on Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft…
ESA’s latest technology CubeSat cleared for launch site

November 24, 2017

GomX-4B, ESA’s latest and largest technology-testing CubeSat, will be launched from China early next year, together with the…
FIREBIRD II and NASA Mission Locate Whistling Space Electrons’ Origins

November 19, 2017

Scientists have long known that solar-energized particles trapped around the planet are sometimes scattered into Earth’s upper atmosphere…
USSOCOM CubeSat Challenge

September 14, 2017

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is the Unified Combatant Command charged with manning, training, and equipping…
RAVAN CubeSat Measures Earth’s Outgoing Energy

August 9, 2017

An experimental small satellite has successfully collected and delivered data on a key measurement for predicting changes in…
Joint NASA-Brazil SPORT CubeSat Mission Will Unlock Complex Equatorial Phenomena, Lay Groundwork for Better Space Weather Prediction

August 7, 2017

NASA and a team of Brazilian space researchers have announced a joint CubeSat mission to study phenomena in…
D-Sat: the first nanosatellite with the ability to remove itself from orbit

June 27, 2017

A space-bound fundraiser lands on Kickstarter. The goal is to raise €25,000 to extend the orbital operations of…
Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon

May 12, 2017

If you could fly a CubeSat to the Moon, what could such a tiny satellite do there? ESA…
NASA Team Pursues Blobs and Bubbles with New PetitSat Mission

May 10, 2017

Figuring out how plasma bubbles and blobs affect one another and ultimately the transmission of communications, GPS, and…
NASA Selects CubeSat, SmallSat Mission Concept Studies

March 24, 2017

NASA has selected 10 studies under the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program to develop mission…
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