Adventures of a CubeSat!

Hello and welcome back!

This segment is about the neat adventures that a tiny satellite goes through to get to space! Weighing about 3 pounds and a cubic length of 4 inches- these little CubeSats could do some amazing science experiments! NASA has created the CubeSat Launch Initiative to give school groups, educators, and engineers alike to create low-cost technology to explore our upper atmosphere and Earth!

So let's get started! First, we need a team. This could be a school group, typically junior high/ high school student science classes or clubs, university students or research groups, and even educators could join!

Next, we need an objective! What kind of science could we do? A 4-inch cube may seem small, but technologies nowadays have been made smaller and smaller with circuits and cameras and probes! Some experiments that could be done: magnetic field readings, radiation levels, cameras and filters, GPS and telecommunication testing, gyroscopics (how the satellite moves in space), and so much more! Maybe you could come up with something different or improvement of something!

Then, the CubeSat must go through its own NASA training. The structure will be tested to make sure it can survive spinning and falling from space!

And finally, the launch date! The project will get its own launch date and get strapped in a cage-like structure with one or two other CubeSats and AWAY IT GOES!

Here's a link to the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative for more information:

Thanks for reading and next time- the clues we find from Martian glaciers!

Caitlin Ahrens