Category Archives: Education

NASA selects another group of Cubesat projects for rides to space

NASA will provide piggyback rides to space for two dozen Cubesats, including many student built spacecraft, in the next three years:

NASA Announces Fourth Round of CubeSat Space Mission Candidates

WASHINGTON — NASA has selected 24 small satellites to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The proposed CubeSats come from universities across the country, a Florida high school, several non-profit organizations and NASA field centers.

CubeSats belong to a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. The cube-shaped satellites measure about 4 inches on each side, have a volume of about 1 quart, and weigh less than 3 pounds.

The selections are from the fourth round of the CubeSat Launch Initiative. After launch, the satellites will conduct technology demonstrations, educational research or science missions. The selected CubeSats will be eligible for flight after final negotiations and an opportunity for flight becomes available.

The following organizations submitted winning satellite proposals:

— The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif.
— The Discovery Museum and Planetarium, Bridgeport, Conn.
— Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Ariz.
— Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky., in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley
— Montana State University, Bozeman (2 CubeSats) in partnership with The University of New Hampshire, Durham
— Merritt Island High School, Florida, in partnership with California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
— NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
— NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. (3 CubeSats)
— NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., in partnership with the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (3 CubeSats)
— NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida
— Pennsylvania State University, in partnership with the Naval Research Laboratory, Monterey, Calif., and the Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif.
— Saint Louis University, St. Louis
— Tyvak Nano-Satellites Systems, Irvine, Calif., in partnership with the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
— University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
— University of Colorado, Boulder
— University of Florida, Gainesville, in partnership with Stanford University
— University of Maryland, Baltimore County
— University of Texas, Austin
— Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in partnership with the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, Silver Spring, Md.

In the three previous rounds of the CubeSat initiative, NASA has selected 63 missions for flight. The agency’s Launch Services Program Educational Launch of Nanosatellite (ELaNa) Program has launched 12 CubeSat missions. This year, 22 CubeSat missions are scheduled for flight.

For additional information on NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit:

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Video: Arizona students talk with ISS crew members

Astronauts on the ISS talk with students in Phoenix:

Engineers Tom Marshburn of NASA and Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency discussed life and research on the orbital laboratory February 26 during an in-flight educational event with 9th to 12th grade students gathered at the Metropolitan Arts Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. The event was a highlight activity as part of the ISS “Destination Station” exhibit trip touring the Grand Canyon State

Students of Space Hub Southeast fly PongSats

JP Aerospace for many years has flown for free lots of PongSats with miniature payloads from students from all over the world. Now some high school students in Atlanta are expanding on JPA’s work:

Space Hub Southeast is run by four high school students, Beau, Meryl, John and Nathaniel.  We work to make the program possible, along with developing a newly applied “PongSat” outreach program. The club, built on a service-learning platform, is designed to both excite and educate kids about the upper atmosphere. Each year, we help kids build high altitude weather balloons, so they begin to learn about conducting experiments and the properties of space. For each of us, this is what we truly love doing, and we take great pride in our work.


A new ISS on board the ISS

Another space station orbited the earth recently:

It took more than 200 astronauts from 12 countries more than a dozen years to build the International Space Station (ISS). Satoshi Furukawa, an astronaut from Japan, matched that feat in just about two hours — and he did it all while aboard the orbiting outpost itself.

It helped that his space station was made out of LEGO.


More LEGOs in space at

See also the HobbySpace Modeling section.