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NASA Announces Candidates for CubeSat Space Missions

WASHINGTON Feb. 8, 2011 Virginia

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. The cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume of about one quart and weigh 2.2 pounds or less.

The selections are from the second round of the CubeSat Launch Initiative. The satellites are expected to conduct technology demonstrations, educational research or science missions. The selected spacecraft are eligible for flight after final negotiations when an opportunity arises. The satellites come from the following organizations, which include the first high school proposal selected for a CubeSat flight:


Drexel University Philadelphia

Greenbelt, Md.

Pasadena, Calif.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Morehead State University Morehead, Ky.


Huntsville, Ala.

St. Louis University St. Louis

Thomas Jefferson High School Alexandria, Va.

University of Colorado


University of Louisiana, Lafayette

University of New Mexico

U.S. Military Academy

U.S. Naval Academy

Feb. 23

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