EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The UNITE CubeSat, a satellite designed, built, and maintained entirely by undergraduate students at the University of Southern Indiana, marked one year in orbit on Friday, January 31.
The satellite, deployed from the International Space Station, has remained operational and, despite unforeseen changes to its timeline, on track to complete its scientific mission.
Of the 23 undergraduate-only teams funded by the NASA Undergraduate Student Instrument Project, USI’s satellite is the first to be placed in orbit. It is also one of two to date to have successful missions thus far, according to Dr. Glen Kissel, associate professor of engineering and director of the CubeSat project.
As many as 25% of CubeSats are deemed lost upon deployment; a testament to USI’s satellite reaching one continuous year of operation in orbit.
(This story was originally published on January 31, 2020)