Missions

CubeSail
CubeSail is a pair of 1.5U CubeSats that launch attached to each other. Once in orbit, they separate and deploy a 250 m long solar sail demonstrating the technology, in preparation for future I-Sail and UltraSail missions. CubeSail launched in December, 2018. CubeSail

LAICE
LAICE is a 6U CubeSat developed by the University of Illinois and Virginia Tech, funded by NSF. This mission seeks to develop correlations between atmospheric air glow events with in-situ sensed chemical changes, using a combination of photomultipliers, a retarding potential analyzer, and neutral and ion density measurements. LAICE is expected to launch in 2019. LAICE

CAPSat
CAPSat is one of three Undergraduate Student Instrumentation Program (USIP) satellites being developed at LASSI. CAPSat is a 3U CubeSat built in partnership with the Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Physics Departments. An active cooling system will demonstrate on-demand system temperature reduction. Strain actuated solar arrays will demonstrate fine control pointing and spacecraft jitter reduction. Finally, an annealing payload will evaluate various photosensor reset technologies to compensate for radiation damage. CAPSat is slated for launch in fall 2019. CAPSat

SASSI2
SASSI2 is a small satellite mission flown in spring 2019. This mission is being developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in partnership with Purdue University as a part of the Undergraduate Student Instrument Program (USIP). The goal of the mission is to characterize the flow field and radiation generated by the diffuse bow shock formed during high-speed flight through the upper atmosphere. Optical spectrographic measurements of the radiation will be taken to provide data for fundamental flow, radiation, and materials modelling, resulting in improved prediction of the aerothermodynamic environment encountered by bodies during atmospheric entry. SASSI2

SpaceICE
The SpaceICE mission aims to investigate the influence of gravity during directional solidification for the purpose of improving terrestrially-based materials fabricated using the freeze-casting technique. The Northwestern University-provided scientific payload consists of two aqueous particle suspension samples and one aqueous solution sample which will be repeatedly solidified (and melted) over the course of the mission. Scientific instrumentation includes cameras for imaging the solidification process and thermocouples for taking in-situ temperature measurements during solidification. SpaceICE