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Aug. 13, 2012
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Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions WASHINGTON -- NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite
payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2013 and 2016. These miniature spacecraft, known as CubeSats,
could be auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions.
CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft
called nanosatellites. These cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume of about one
quart and weigh less than three pounds.
CubeSat investigations must be consistent with NASA's Strategic Plan and the NASA education vision and goals. The
research must address aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.
Applicants must submit proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 12. NASA will select the payloads by Jan.
31, 2013. Selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. The selected spacecraft will be eligible for flight
after final negotiations when a launch opportunity arises. NASA will not provide funding for the development of
the small satellites.
NASA recently announced the results from the third round of the CubeSat Launch Initiative. From the first
three launch initiatives, 64 payloads made the short list for launch opportunities between 2011 and 2014. They are
eligible for launch pending an appropriate opportunity and final negotiations. The satellites come from 25 states:
Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.
For additional information about NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative
about NASA's Strategic Plan, visit:
For more about NASA's Education Strategic Coordination Framework, visit: