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CUA Wins NASA Award to Launch its 2nd Satellite

CUA Wins NASA Award to Launch its 2nd Satellite Monday, September 30, 2019

CUA has been selected by NASA as one of 14 American companies as partners whose Tipping Point technologies will help enable the agency's Moon to Mars exploration approach. This means that CUA will launch its second satellite, with two CUA thruster systems on board, and that CUA's first satellite, CubeSail, will have a satellite cousin on orbit!

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CUA will Present at IEPC 2019

CUA will Present at IEPC 2019 Thursday, September 12, 2019

Rod Burton will be presenting at the 36th International Electric Propulsion Conference in Vienna, Austria on Monday, September 16 during the Pulsed Plasma Thrusters session at 2:45 PM. If you are at the IEPC 2019, stop by and see his talk, number A899!

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CUA Will Present at SmallSat 2019

CUA Will Present at SmallSat 2019 Sunday, August 4, 2019

CU Aerospace will be presenting at SmallSat 2019 today at 6:30 CDT (5:30 local time in Logan, Utah). Watch the LiveStream!!!

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CUA at SmallSat 2019

CUA at SmallSat 2019 Friday, July 26, 2019

Come by and visit the CU Aerospace table at SmallSat in Logan, Utah! We will be in the Field House, Table 251T during the entire conference, Monday, August 5 through Thursday, August 8. We will also have a presentation during Technical Session VIII, Advanced Concepts II, of the pre-conference workshop, at 5:30 on Sunday, August 4.

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CUA Wins Three NASA Phase I Awards

CUA Wins Three NASA Phase I Awards Tuesday, June 18, 2019

 

CUA was awarded two NASA Phase 1 SBIRs and one NASA Phase 1 STTR titled:


  • "Low Flame Temperature Monopropellant Propulsion Unit for Cubesats (MPUC)"
  • "CubeSail-D: A Module for Accelerated Spacecraft Deorbiting"
  • "Advanced Flow Control System for In-Space Electric Propulsion"

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CubeSail mission highlighted in NBC online article

CubeSail mission highlighted in NBC online article Monday, June 3, 2019

NBC News discusses solar sails, including the CubeSail mission, that could herald a new era of spaceflight in which spacecraft forgo the rocket motors they've relied on for decades.

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CubeSail Mission Highlighted in NASA ELaNa XIX Mission Video

CubeSail Mission Highlighted in NASA ELaNa XIX Mission Video Thursday, April 25, 2019

NASA recently released a documentary featuring the ELaNa XIX launch on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket and the missions included in this historic launch, including CubeSail. See time stamp 7:12 for details about CubeSail.

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Launching the CubeSail Satellite

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

If you're in the area, stop by the Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N. Bradley Ave., Chillicothe, to hear Dr. Michael F. Lembeck from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at UIUC give a talk, "Launching the CubeSail Satellite," Monday, March 11, 2019 at 6 PM.

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Successful Comm with CubeSail!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

CubeSail Status Update: CubeSail was successfully launched by Rocket Lab at 12:33a CST on 12/16/18, and deployed about an hour later. On the first pass over Urbana, IL at 06:02a CST, we received beacon signals from both CubeSail A and B!

Webcast of CubeSail Launch is Up

Sunday, December 16, 2018

If you missed the launch over night, you can catch it on YouTube. Be patient; the action starts about 1:15 into the video.

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All Payloads Deployed!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Rocket Lab confirms that all ELaNa19 payloads have deployed successfully!

LIFT OFF!!!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

WE HAVE LIFTOFF AND SUCCESSFUL FIRST STAGE SEPARATION!

RocketLab Live Feed Active!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

LOX Fill for Electron Rocket Complete!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

LOX fill is complete! Launch webcast link: https://youtu.be/F7Kr3664hJs  The feed will be live approx. 15 minutes prior to target lift-off at 06:16 UTC

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LOX Fill for Electron Rocket!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Rocket Lab says: "We are GO for LOX fill! Get ready to see Electron's stages turn from black to white, as chilled liquid oxygen fills the fuel tanks & creates a thin layer of ice on the outside of the rocket." This is a great step forward toward launch!!

Launch Still Set for Tonight, but Delayed

Launch Still Set for Tonight, but Delayed Saturday, December 15, 2018

Launch is delayed for tonight, but seems like it may still happen. Rocket Lab says, "Welcome to launch day! We are currently targeting no earlier than 06:16 UTC for today's ELaNa19 mission for NASA. (19:16 NZDT/ 22:16 PST/ 01:16 EST)" We're hoping that 12:16 AM CST launch goes off without a hitch!!

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CubeSail Has Its Own Twitter Feed!

CubeSail Has Its Own Twitter Feed! Friday, December 14, 2018

Follow CubeSail's "personal" Twitter feed!

https://twitter.com/CubeSail_CUA

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Launch Delayed to Saturday at Earliest

Launch Delayed to Saturday at Earliest Thursday, December 13, 2018

‪Sounds like the weather is sticking around in NZ for a couple of days. Rocket Lab says the next launch attempt will be no earlier than 10:00 PM CST on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @CUAerospace for updates as well.

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Tonight's Launch Scrubbed

Tonight's Launch Scrubbed Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tonight's launch attempt has been scrubbed due to NZ weather. Hoping for better weather tomorrow!

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CubeSail is Highlighted on The 21st

CubeSail is Highlighted on The 21st Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Listen to The 21st, Illinois's statewide news talk show to hear about the CubeSail mission from David Carroll and UIUC.

CubeSail is discussed at 35:10 in the audio link.

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CubeSail Launch Update

CubeSail Launch Update Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Rocket Lab is currently targeting no earlier than 04:07 UTC, 13 December 2018 for the NASA ELaNa-19 launch. (17:07 NZDT/20:07 PST/23:07 EST).

A live webcast of the launch will begin on this page approximately 15 minutes prior to the target T-0 time.

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CubeSail Described on WILL Radio

CubeSail Described on WILL Radio Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Listen to a description of our CubeSail mission on WILL radio, Illinois Public Media.

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CubeSail Launch Featured in News Gazette Article

CubeSail Launch Featured in News Gazette Article Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The News Gazette has written a great feature article about the CubeSail mission and our upcoming launch, set for 10:00 PM CST tonight!!

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CubeSail Offical Launch Window Opens December 12!

CubeSail Offical Launch Window Opens December 12! Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The official launch window for the CubeSail mission opens at 10:00 PM Central Standard Time on Wednesday, December 12 (which is 5:00 PM Dec. 13 in New Zealand)! The mission will launch from New Zealand on a RocketLab Electron rocket provided through the NASA Venture Class Launch Services (VCLS) initiative. We will provide updates as they become available. 

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VISIT CUA AT SMALLSAT

VISIT CUA AT SMALLSAT Friday, July 13, 2018

CU Aerospace will have a booth at the 32nd Annual Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah, August 4-9, 2017. Stop by our table, T231, to discuss our latest CubeSat technologies, including CubeSail, PUC, and CHIPS (shown at left).

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CubeSail in the News

CubeSail in the News Thursday, April 19, 2018

The CubeSail mission is detailed by Team leader and UIUC student Dawn Haken.

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Rocket Lab Performs Successful Fit Check for CubeSail Mission

Rocket Lab Performs Successful Fit Check for CubeSail Mission Friday, April 13, 2018

CubeSail was successfully fit checked with its railpod launch dispenser at the Rocket Lab facility in Huntington Beach, CA.

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CubeSail Satellite Bus Engineer Talks with News-Gazette

CubeSail Satellite Bus Engineer Talks with News-Gazette Sunday, December 24, 2017

Dawn Haken, a junior in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the student team lead for the IlliniSat 2 bus which is being used for the CU Aerospace CubeSail mission. She is interviewed by the News-Gazette to discuss mission goals and upcoming launch schedule. Watch the video here: http://www.news-gazette.com/video/2017-12-24/wired-dawn-haken.html

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CUA Mentioned in Planetary Society Solar Sailing Missions Overview

CUA Mentioned in Planetary Society Solar Sailing Missions Overview Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CU Aerospace co-founder Victoria Coverstone is quoted in Planetary Society's solar sailing mission update overview.

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CUA CubeSail Mission Slated for Launch

CUA CubeSail Mission Slated for Launch Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The joint CU Aerospace/University of Illinois mission CubeSail is officially manifested for launch in mid-2017. It will launch through the NASA program Educational Launch of Nanosatellites: Project ELaNa to 85 deg. inclination, 500 km altitude.

BBC Two airs segment highlighting Zero G research flight

BBC Two airs segment highlighting Zero G research flight Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The BBC show Stargazing Live tapes on Zero G research flight on which CUA hardware was flown. CubeSail can be seen at 0:52, 0:56, and 3:40 in the YouTube video linked below.

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CubeSail hardware tested on Zero G flight

CubeSail hardware tested on Zero G flight Sunday, November 17, 2013

Senior Engineer, Julia Laystrom-Woodard, tests the CubeSail payload hardware on a Zero G research flight.

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UltraSail/CubeSail Technology Featured in NASA Tech Briefs

UltraSail/CubeSail Technology Featured in NASA Tech Briefs Sunday, September 1, 2013

The CU Aerospace/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign team is featured for their UltraSail/CubeSail technology development in NASA Tech Briefs.

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CU Aerospace Featured on Next Big Future

CU Aerospace Featured on Next Big Future Thursday, May 31, 2012

The CU Aerospace CubeSail mission has been featured on the tech blog Next Big Future.

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