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NASA Releases Latest CubeSat Launch Initiative Announcement of Opportunity

12 Oct 2020, 12:00 UTC
NASA Releases Latest CubeSat Launch Initiative Announcement of Opportunity
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ASTERIA was deployed from the International Space Station on November 20, 2017. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — Accredited education institutions, nonprofit organizations and NASA Centers can join the adventure and challenges of space while helping the agency achieve its exploration goals through the next round of the NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). Applicants must submit proposals by 4:30 p.m. EST, December 16, 2020.

The CSLI provides CubeSat developers with a low-cost pathway to conduct research in space that advances NASA’s strategic goals in the areas of science, technology development, and education. The initiative allows educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and NASA Centers and programs the ability to gain hands-on experience designing, building, and operating these small research satellites.

To date, NASA has selected 192 CubeSat missions, 104 of which have been launched into space with 38 missions scheduled for launch within the next 12 months. The selected CubeSats represent participants from 41 states and Puerto Rico, and 102 unique organizations.

NASA will make selections by April 2, 2021, although selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. Selected experiments will be considered as auxiliary payloads on agency launches or for deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) beginning ...

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