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.
|Type / Application:||Technology, education|
|Operator:||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)|
|Contractors:||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)|
|Propulsion:||Electrospray ion thruster|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||411 km × 415 km, 51.64°|
|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|