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BeaverCube [MIT]

BeaverCube is an educational mission led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to introduce high school students, nationwide, to aerospace science and technology through designing a 3U CubeSat.

BeaverCube uses multiple cameras in a 3U CubeSat to take color images of Earth’s oceans and detect the temperature of cloud tops and the ocean surface. Collected data can improve understanding of the concentration of phytoplankton, a significant factor in the generation of atmospheric oxygen and for Earth’s climate and weather systems. The investigation also demonstrates a new electric propulsion technology, Tiled Ionic Liquid Electrospray (TILE) 2 by Accion Systems Inc., to maneuver the satellite.

It was selected in 2019 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology, education
Operator: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Contractors: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: Electrospray ion thruster
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Orbit: 411 km × 415 km, 51.64°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
BeaverCube 1998-067UF 15.07.2022 CCK LC-39A Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Dragon CRS-25, EMIT, CLICK A, D3, JAGSAT 1, CapSat 1, FUTABA, HSU-SAT 1, TUMnanoSAT


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