Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Achieving Science Goals with CubeSats

An ad hoc committee under the auspices of the National Research Council will review the current state of the scientific potential and technological promise of CubeSats. CubeSats are small satellites built in increments of 10 cm cubes (1 cube is called 1U or “unit,” two 10 cm cubes together are known as 2U, and so on). In particular, the committee will review the potential of CubeSats as platforms for obtaining high priority science data including, but not limited to, the priority science challenges identified in (a) recent NRC decadal surveys in astronomy and astrophysics, Earth science, planetary science, and solar and space physics (heliophysics) and (b) the science priorities identified in the 2014 NASA Science Plan. The committee’s review will provide a set of recommendations on how to assure the scientific return on future federal agency support of CubeSat programs.

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