Wednesday, December 15, 2010

MicroSpace News: USC's nanosatellite hitches ride on Dragon

When SpaceX's Dragon made its historic flight, it had several little passengers along. One was billed as the first Amy-built satellite in 50 years. Another came from my alma mater.
A nanosat built up of three one-kg cubesats was built by USC's Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) and the Department of Astronautical Engineering's Space Engineering Research Center (SERC), with a hand from Northrop Grumman and other companies. USC provided a Cubesat unit called CAERUS (the Greek word for "opportunity"). David Barnhart, who I've worked with before, was one of the leaders of the USC effort.
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