UVA CubeSat News
The Virginia CubeSat Constellation mission is a collaborative project of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and four of its member universities: University of Virginia (UVA), Old Dominion University (ODU), Virginia Tech (VT) and Hampton University (HU). Three nano-satellites, each about 4 inches cubed and weighing approximately 3 pounds, have been developed and instrumented (one each at ODU, VT and UVA) to obtain measurements of the properties of the Earth’s atmosphere. As the orbits of the satellites decay due to atmospheric drag, satellite instruments will quantify atmospheric density. Undergraduate students involved include those studying for majors in aerospace, mechanical, electrical and computer engineering. A mission student team leader, located at the University of Virginia, is providing oversight of the university teams.
The UVA Libertas CubeSat, together with sister satellites, launched from the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island on April 17, 2019 on the Northrop Grumman Antares launch vehicle as part of the International Space Station (ISS) commercial resupply mission NG-11. The CubeSat was part of NASA’s ELaNa 26 (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites) mission. The CubeSat is now on the ISS waiting for deployment into space via the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD).