Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The first CubeSat-based satellite development project project funded by the National Science Foundation, the Radio Explorer (RAX) is well underway. SRI International has joined with the University of Michigan, whose students are helping to design and assemble the space hardware. One of the principal investigators explains, "This project will help us better understand space weather processes, how the Earth and sun interact and how this weather produces noise in space communication signals -- noise that translates to lower quality telecommunications capabilities and error in GPS signals." RAX is being built on a bus made of three connected CubeSats.