• CubeSats are miniature research satellites, or nanosatellites. The base CubeSat dimensions are about 4x4x4 inches. Most are designed for scientific research and to test new space technologies in low Earth orbit.

  • NASA plans to select the payloads by Feb. 19, 2016, but selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. Selected experiments will fly as auxiliary payloads on agency rocket launches or be deployed from the International Space Station beginning in 2016 and running through 2019. 

  • The intent behind this initiative is to make progress on a goal established during the White House Maker Faire last year to launch a small satellite from at least one participant in each state over the next five years. 

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