NASA Announces New Partnership Opportunities for CubeSat Launch Initiative
WASHINGTON, August 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — NASA has announced a new set of opportunities through the agency CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) for CubeSat developers, including educational institutions, to conduct scientific investigations and technology demonstrations in space and contribute to the agency’s exploration goals.
“Small satellites, such as CubeSats, play a valuable role in the agency’s educational, scientific, and technological investigations, including planetary exploration, Earth observation, and basic Earth and space science. space,” said Bradley SmithDirector of Launch Services within the Space Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “They are a cornerstone in the development of NASA’s cutting-edge technologies, such as laser communications, satellite-to-satellite communications, and autonomous motion.”
With a renewed focus on education, NASA’s next round of CSLI opportunities provide access to low Earth orbit for U.S. educational institutions, nonprofit organizations with an education or outreach component , and NASA Centers and Programs for Workforce Development. Developers can gain hands-on experience designing, building and operating these small research satellites.
Applicants must submit their proposals before 4:30 p.m. EST, November 18, 2022. NASA plans to make selections by the 17th of March, 2023, for flight opportunities in 2024-2027, although selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. Designs that include restrictive orbit requirements may limit launch opportunities and result in later than desired launch dates. Applicants are responsible for funding the development of small satellites.
CSLI encourages the participation of minority-serving institutions and actively seeks the participation of organizations in previously unselected states. These states are: Delaware, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Caroline from the south, South Dakotaand Wyoming.
CubeSats are part of a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. These small satellites are built in standard dimensions (units or “U”) of approximately 10 cm x 10 cm x 11 cm (approximately 3.9 inches x 3.9 inches x 4 inches). The CubeSats supported by this launch initiative include 1U, 2U, 3U, 6U, and 12U volumes or volumes in addition to these specified dimensions. CSLI will not select any CubeSat missions offering to deploy or release parts smaller than 1U due to issues with traceability, space situational awareness, and orbital debris.
To date, NASA has selected 211 CubeSat missions, 148 of which have launched into space, with more than 20 missions slated for launch over the next year. The selected CubeSats represent participants from 42 states, the District of Colombia, Porto Ricoand 102 unique organizations.
CSLI is managed by NASA Launch Services Programagency based Kennedy Space Center in Florida. For more information on NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative, visit: