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NASA to Launch Vermont's CubeSat in 2012

Release Date: 09-03-2010

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
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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 of 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 Lander 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, 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).

For more information contact: Dr. William Lakin