By: David Baroff Prior to the launch of a CubeSat, university CubeSats will undergo testing and will need to qualify their CubeSats in accordance with the General Environmental Verification Standards (GEVS) created by NASA.
By: David Baroff The second topic of the CalSat educational program is tailored towards the study of spacecraft-environment interactions and will have a direct impact on better preparing universities for CubeSat mission success.
By: David Baroff The first feature of CalSat is to develop an educational program designed to help universities that are new to NASA’s CubeSat initiative. As mentioned previously, NASA’s newest CubeSat initiative seeks to launch fifty CubeSats from fifty states in the next five years.
By: Dickson Yuen Typical failures of CubeSats can be classified as failures in functional integration. This can indicate that the spacecraft was not operated in a flight equivalent state before launch, thus easily avoidable mistakes were not discovered (Swartwout 2013).
By: Gerald Frolich, Project Manager The image below is a map released by NASA that shows all launched, manifested, and selected states with CubeSats as of July 2014.
By: Gerald Frolich, Project Manager In recent years the amount of CubeSats being manifested is increasing rapidly. In 2012 there were twenty-three launches of all variations of CubeSats (Swartwout 2013).
By: Gerald Frolich, Project Manager There are two main reasons believed to cause the high failure rate of university based CubeSats. The first is that the process of developing and constructing a CubeSat can take two or three years to complete.
By: Gerald Frolich, Project Manager The CubeSat idea was first proposed in the year 2000. CubeSats have grown in popularity in many universities over the last several years and are expected to become even more so.