More about our current, future, and past missions.
Lead Agency: MIT Haystack Launched: TBD, Size: 6U, Application: Study auroral kilometric radiation (AKR) Payload: Electromagnetic vector sensor (VS)
Launched: Expected 05/2022 Size: 3U, Application: Earth observation and tech demo for propulsion systems, Payload: 3 Cameras – 2 IR, 1 Visible; test propulsion system
Launched: TBD – 2023, Size: 3U, Application: Earth observation and Machine Learning – Ocean front shift characterization, Payload: Xilinx Versal Adaptive Acceleration Compute Platform (ACAP)
Launched: Expected 12/2021 Size: 3U, Application: CubeSat Laser Communications Uplink/Downlink Demo, Payload: Laser, Receiver, Quad Sensor, Fast Steering Mirror
Launched: TBD – 2023, Size: 3U, Application: CubeSat Laser Communications Crosslink Demo, Payload: Laser, Receiver, Quad Sensor, Fast Steering Mirror
Launched: TBD Size: 3U, Application: Technology Demo, Payload: Electrospray Propulsion
MicroMAS-1 (Micro-sized Microwave Atmospheric Satellite)
Launched: 03/04/2015, Size: 3U, Application: atmospheric science, Payload: multispectral passive microwave radiometer
Launched: 01/12/2018, Size: 3U, Application: atmospheric science, Payload: Spinning 12-channel passive microwave spectrometer, temperature sounding, moisture sounding
MiRaTa (Microwave Radiometer Technology Acceleration)
Launched: 11/18/2017 Size: 3U Application: atmospheric science Payloads: multi-band miniaturized microwave radiometer
Past Sub-Orbital Missions
Folded Lightweight Actuated Precision System (FLAPS)
MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative, Sub-orbital launch test. Looking at use of shape memory alloys (SMAs) to actively control the position of solar arrays on a CubeSat. To be used by the Aerospace Corporation on a 6U sat.
MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative, Sub-orbital launch test looking at microgravity-based centrifugal casting of paraffin and beeswax in order to reduce barriers to their use as in-space propellants.
TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite)
Lead Agency: MIT Kavli Institute Launched: 04/18/2018, Application: Exoplanet detection, Payloads: 4 wide field-of-view CCD cameras to perform all-sky survey
Lead Agency: MIT Lincoln Laboratory Launched: 06/30/2021, Size: 3U, Application: weather sensing – precipitation structure and storm monitoring, Payload: 12-channel passive spectrometer