About the fate of two "cube-Sats", designed and launched into space by the students

15.05.2018

A small group of students recently had a unique opportunity to equip and send into space a tiny companion class "cube-Sats" and then check out how they launched the device will collect in orbit data and transmit it to the Ground.

These two cubsat missions, which have an educational focus, were selected in the CubeSat Launch Initiative competition, held under the NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program. The satellites were launched into space on 18 November 2017 as an additional payload on Board the rocket that launched the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (now NOAA-20), a joint project of the National oceanic and atmospheric administration.

The first of these two cube-Sats carries the name RadFxSat and used to analyze the effect of cosmic radiation on microchips, computer memory, currently used in consumer electronics. This cubsat is currently functioning properly in orbit and is transmitting the necessary data to Earth. Second cubesat called EagleSat-1 was "less successful" after launch "silent". Currently, a team of students who started it together with their mentors are trying to understand the causes of the problem. The main possible reason for the "silence" of cubsat EagleSat-1 scientific team of the satellite considers the undiscovered antenna. The team hopes that over time, the line holding the antenna in folded form will disintegrate under the action of cosmic UV radiation, and the connection with the device will be restored. In the meantime, students gain valuable experience in Troubleshooting, which inevitably arise in the operation of any space mission, NASA said.