NASA to Launch Vermont's CubeSat in 2012
Release Date: 08-10-2010
NASA's 2010 CubeSat Launch Initiative Competition has
been awarded a launch slot to the Vermont CubeSat Lunar Lander Project.
Faculty and students from Vermont Technical College, Norwich University,
UVM and St. Michael's College are developing the satellite for this launch
opportunity. It will be launched into Low Earth Orbit as part of a NASA
launch payload in 2012. The single-unit CubeSat for this launch will
perform critical on-orbit testing the robotic navigation system that will
autonomously guide the eventual three-unit CubeSat Lunar Lander package
into a lunar orbit, followed by a landing on the Moon.
Faculty and students from UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) are playing key roles in the development of the CubeSat Lunar package. The CEMS project components include research on potential low energy transfer trajectories from Low Earth Orbit to the Moon as well as how future missions to the moon can be implemented using coordinated multiple spacecraft. Drs. Jun Yu and Jeffrey Frolik and their students are working on these aspects of the project.
"The University of Vermont is proud to be a part of this NASA collaborative research effort," says Interim Dean, Bernard "Chip" Cole. "The results could not only advance our abilities in space, but also have the potential to improve life on Earth as well."
The Vermont CubeSat Lunar Lander Project is supported by the Vermont Space Grant Consortium with funding from the NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program awarded in the National Space Grant 2009 Consortium Development Competition (CDC).