SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Roland Coelho and Ryan Nugent, aerospace engineering students at California Polytechnic State University, integrate mini research satellites, or CubeSats. into a Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployer, or PPOD, container. The PPOD and CubeSat Project were developed by California Polytechnic State University and Stanford University’s Space Systems Development Lab for use on NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellite, or ELaNa missions. Each CubeSat measures about four inches cubed; about the same volume as a quart. The CubeSats weigh about 2.2 pounds, must conform to standard aerospace materials and must operate without propulsion. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens, Jr.)
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