UNITE CubeSat reaches 100 days in orbit, a milestone for student built satellites

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VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – The University of Southern Indiana’s student built UNITE CubeSat is the only academic satellite built and flown into space and/or orbit as part of the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project.

The CubeSat was deployed on January 31, 2019 and has been sending back data since its departure.

According to a recent study, only 45% of CubeSat units last longer than 60 days in service.

The UNITE CubeSat was built and is operated by undergraduate students with advisement from Dr. Glen Kissel, associate professor of engineering.

The CubeSat’s mission is to measure plasma levels in the lower ionosphere, record its own internal and exterior temperatures and measure its orbital decay as it reenters the Earth’s atmosphere at the end of its mission.

This project is partially funded by NASA and additional funding for the project was provided by the USI Foundation, the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education and the Indiana Space Grant Consortium.

More information can be found here.

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(This story was originally published on May 10, 2019)

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