The overarching objective for the REAL Cubesat is to improve our understanding of the physical mechanisms responsible for scattering radiation belt electrons into the atmosphere.





The Ionospheric-Thermospheric Scanning Photometer for Ion-Neutral Studies (IT-SPINS) mission proposes to provide the first two-dimensional (2D) tomographic imaging from a 3U research CubeSat, addressing the basic nature of the nocturnal ionosphere.






The FIREBIRD mission (Focused Investigations of Relativistic Electron Burst Intensity, Range, and Dynamics) is a targeted, goal-directed, space weather Cubesat mission to resolve the spatial scale size and energy dependence of electron microbursts in the Van Allen radiation belts.

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FireBird II

The FIREBIRD II mission is a continuation of the FIREBIRD mission which launched two additional 1.5U CubeSats in January 2015 (FIREBIRD 3 and FIREBIRD 4).


expolorer prime


The Hiscock Radiation Belt Explorer (HRBE), named in honor of Dr. William A. Hiscock, founder of the Montana Space Grant Consortium, launched from Vandenberg Airforce Base in California on October 28, 2011.



The Edison Demonstration of Smallsat Networks (EDSN) mission seeks to demonstrate the use of inter-satellite communications across a swarm of eight small satellites to collect and relay multipoint, scientific measurements from a loose formation orbiting about 500 km above Earth. 

iris spacecraft


The primary goal of the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) explorer is to understand how the solar atmosphere is energized. The IRIS investigation combines advanced numerical modeling with a high resolution UV imaging spectrograph.






Our next generation imaging spectrographs, ESIS and MOSES, obtain spectroscopic data over a wide field of view in every exposure. We will have comprehensive observational access to the physics of reconnection events, for the first time observing reconnection “from the inside out.”



The PrintSat mission is a technology demonstration to access the effectiveness of additive manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing) and the Windform XT material for use as a material for space structures.





RAMPART (RApidprototyped Microelectromechanicalsystem Propulsion And Radiation Test CUBEflowSATellite) mission is a technology demonstration to provide advance numerous new design concepts and experiments.



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Ground Station

SSEL's ground station, callsign K7MSU, was setup to track SSEL satellites, as well as other ameature-band satellites.