University Nanosatellite Program
The satellite team is building a satellite as part of a competition sponsored by the University Nanosatellite Program, specifically the Nanosat-6 competition. The requirements are to build a satellite under 50 kg, including propellant, which fits into a 50cm x 50cm x 60cm box and includes an ESPA ring attachment.
UNP is a two-year reoccurring competition which started in 1998. The 2006-2008 competition was called NanoSat-5 and concluded on 1/20/2009 with the selection of University of CO at Boulder as the winner. Now University of CO at Boulder's satellite will begin testing at AFRL for an anticipated launch date of 2010 or 2011. There will be no launch support for the satellites from the other 9 universities which competed.
Our MIT OSMV satellite was selected to compete in the 2009-2011 competition called NanoSat-6 for an anticipated launch date of 2012 or 2013.
For more information, visit the University Nanosatellite Program website.