From now until Nov. 22, NASA will be accepting proposals to participate in CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI), a budget-friendly way to work hands-on with small research satellites.
Selected accredited education institutions, nonprofit organizations and NASA centers can learn valuable and unique skills by participating in this program. Some of these skills include flight hardware development, as well as designing, building and operating the satellites. If launched, the satellites will help the organization learn more about planetary exploration, Earth observation and fundamental Earth and space science. The satellites will also help the organization develop better technology for laser communication, satellite-to-satellite communication and autonomous movement.
The CSLI program has greatly helped NASA reach the goal of launching small satellites from each state in by 2020, with 32 states already launched. North Carolina is one of the states that the program will be focusing on during this round of launching because the state has not been selected before to participate. While being selected to participate doesn’t necessarily mean that the satellites will launch, those who are chosen to launch the program will be responsible for funding and developing the satellites.
To submit proposals and find out more about CSLI, check out NASA’s website.