NASA announces next opportunity for CubeSat space launch missions

By: Steve Tuesday August 14, 2012 0 comments Tags: CubeSat, NASA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2013 and 2016, the space organization announced.

The miniature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads on previously-planned missions, NASA said.

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. Cube-shaped, they are about four inches long, have a volume of about a quart and weigh less than three pounds.

Proposed CubeSat investigations must be consistent with NASA's Strategic Plan and the NASA education vision and goals, NASA said. The research must address aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.

Applicants must submit proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST on Nov. 12.

NASA will select the payloads by Jan. 31, 2013. Selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity, and the selected spacecraft will be eligible for flight only after final negotiations when a launch opportunity arises.

NASA does not provide funding for the development of small satellites.

NASA recently announcd the results of 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.

The satellites come from 25 states including Colorado. For more information about CubeSat, visit


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