Published: July 12, 2012

DANDE, a spacecraft designed and built by students at the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, shipped last month to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to undergo final testing before launch as a secondary payload on a SpaceX flight in 2013.

Since 2007, dozens of CU-Boulder students have worked on the nanosatellite, which will measure variations in the thermosphere that create drag on orbiting satellites.