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Article in the La Cañada Flintridge Outlook during a team meeting, including MIT graduate student Ashley Carlton (left) and myself (right).
An MIT project, FLARE, the Free-space Lasercom And Radiation Experiment, has been selected to participate in AFOSR University Nanosatellite Program 9 (UNP-9). FLARE consists of two 6U CubeSats, each hosting two payloads, 1) intersatellite lasercom crosslink transmitter and receiver, 2) energetic particle spectrometer to characterize electrons and protons that the Sun spews outward and that get trapped in the Earth’s magnetic field
Many thanks to the organizers of the KISS Optical Frequency Combs workshop and Michele Judd for letting me participate in such an interesting workshop and study.
MIT’s KitCube entry into the NASA CubeQuest Challenge for the Lunar Derby competition was selected as a prize-winning team (came in 2nd) in Ground Tournament-1. MIT graduate and undergraduate students designed this mission as part of MIT’s 16.83 Space Systems Engineering class, combined with 16.89 (for graduate students). Way to go, team KitCube!
Congratulations to students Kat Riesing (2nd) and Tam Nguyen (3rd) for their top-finishes in the SmallSat Frank J. Redding Student Paper Competition! Kat Riesing: Orbit Determination from Two Line Element Sets of ISS-Deployed CubeSats Tam Nguyen: Laser Beacon Tracking for High-Accuracy Attitude Determination
Coverage of the MIT weather-sensing CubeSat programs with David Malkoff on The Weather Channel: MIT CubeSats on The Weather Channel
Structural Dynamics Test of STACER Antenna Deployment in Microgravity
Two from MIT win Air Force Office of Sponsored Research Young Investigator Award.
AFOSR awards grants to 40 scientists and engineers through its Young Investigator Research Program.