NASA CubeSat Launches as Rideshare on ESA’s First Ariane 6 Rocket  – NASA

NASA CubeSat Launches as Rideshare on ESA’s First Ariane 6 Rocket  – NASA

NASA launched CURIE (CubeSat Radio Interferometry Experiment) as a rideshare payload on the inaugural flight of ESA’s (European Space Agency) Ariane 6 rocket, which launched at 4 p.m. GFT on July 9 from Europe’s Spaceport, the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, in French Guiana. Designed by a team from the University of California, Berkeley, CURIE … Read more

NASA Mission to Study Mysteries in the Origin of Solar Radio Waves – NASA Science

NASA Mission to Study Mysteries in the Origin of Solar Radio Waves – NASA Science

“This is a very ambitious and very exciting mission,” said Principal Investigator David Sundkvist, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. “This is the first time that someone is ever flying a radio interferometer in space in a controlled way, and so it’s a pathfinder for radio astronomy in general.” Source link

Eight CubeSats Lift Off for NASA on Firefly Aerospace Rocket! – NASA

Eight CubeSats Lift Off for NASA on Firefly Aerospace Rocket! – NASA

As part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative, Firefly Aerospace launched eight small satellites on July 3 aboard the company’s Alpha rocket. Named “Noise of Summer,” the rocket successfully lifted off from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:04 p.m. PDT. The CubeSat missions were designed by universities and NASA … Read more

NASA’s ELaNa 43 Prepares for Firefly Aerospace Launch – NASA

NASA’s ELaNa 43 Prepares for Firefly Aerospace Launch – NASA

NASA is readying for the launch of several small satellites to space, built with the help of students, educators, and researchers from across the country, as part of the agency’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. The ELaNa 43 (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites 43) mission includes eight CubeSats flying on Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha rocket for its “Noise of … Read more

NASA CubeSats Loaded for Launch – NASA

NASA CubeSats Loaded for Launch – NASA

Eight CubeSats that are part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative have been integrated into Firefly Aerospace’s deployment hardware and are ready to be encapsulated into the payload fairing of Firefly’s Alpha rocket. The launch, named “Noise of Summer,” will lift off early this summer from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in … Read more

Studying the Sun – NASA

Studying the Sun – NASA

The Sun wields a huge influence on Earth. Its gravity holds our planet in its orbit, and solar energy drives the seasons, ocean currents, weather, climate, radiation belts, and auroras on Earth. The solar wind, a flow of charged particles from the Sun, constantly bombards Earth’s magnetosphere, a vast magnetic shield around the planet. The … Read more

Swarming for Success: Starling Completes Primary Mission – NASA

Swarming for Success: Starling Completes Primary Mission – NASA

After ten months in orbit, the Starling spacecraft swarm successfully demonstrated its primary mission’s key objectives, representing significant achievements in the capability of swarm configurations.  Swarms of satellites may one day be used in deep space exploration. An autonomous network of spacecraft could self-navigate, manage scientific experiments, and execute maneuvers to respond to environmental changes … Read more

NASA Invites Media to Learn About New Tech Mission Powered by the Sun – NASA

NASA Invites Media to Learn About New Tech Mission Powered by the Sun – NASA

A new NASA mission is testing a new way to navigate our solar system by hoisting its sail into space – not to catch the wind, but the propulsive power of sunlight. NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System is led by the agency’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. The microwave oven-sized CubeSat is scheduled to launch aboard a … Read more

NASA’s Tiny BurstCube Mission Launches to Study Cosmic Blasts

NASA’s Tiny BurstCube Mission Launches to Study Cosmic Blasts

When a gamma ray enters one of BurstCube’s four detectors, it encounters a cesium iodide layer called a scintillator, which converts it into visible light. The light then enters another layer, an array of 116 silicon photomultipliers, that converts it into a pulse of electrons, which is what BurstCube measures. For each gamma ray, the … Read more

NASA Selects New Round of Candidates for CubeSat Missions to Station – NASA

NASA Selects New Round of Candidates for CubeSat Missions to Station – NASA

NASA selected 10 small research satellites across eight states to fly to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s efforts to expand education and science opportunities, support technology advancement, and provide for workforce development. These small satellites, or CubeSats, use a standard size and form measured in units. One unit (1U) is 10x10x11 … Read more