Space Grant to Develop PolarCube Satellite

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Students at the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) will design and build another small satellite over the next two years with funding
from the University Nanosat Program.

Brian Sanders, COSGC deputy director, is the principal investigator for the new grant, which was awarded for “PolarCube: A Passive Microwave
CubeSat.” The team will collaborate with Al Gasiewski in the Center for Environmental Technology and Dave Gallaher in the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Space Vehicles Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory is sponsoring the CU project through a two-year design phase, as one of 10 universities selected for the program. The winner of the competition, to be announced in January 2015, will be awarded additional funding for the completion of its satellite, which will be scheduled for a future space launch.

CU-Boulder’s DANDE satellite was the winner of the 2009 University Nanosat competition and is now progressing toward a launch in 2013.

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