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Space Sciences

CubeSats

Designing and building a CubeSat is an excellent way for students to experience the entire life cycle of a space mission.

A drawing of a CubeSat, a small educational satellite that can be launched to the International Space Station or directly into space.CubeSats are small satellites primarily serving educational and research markets. These tiny spacecraft are helping to democratize access to space by providing a relatively inexpensive platform for the development and deployment of earth-orbiting experiments and technology demonstrations.

Canopy Near-IR Observing Project 

In 2016, the Carthage CubeSat team was selected by NASA to design and build an earth-imaging satellite we’re calling CaNOP (Canopy Near-IR Observing Project). The technology goal of CaNOP is to demonstrate the functionality of a large (and expensive) hyperspectral imaging satellite (like those in the LandSat series of spacecraft) in the CubeSat form factor.

The CaNOP science mission is to obtain medium-resolution images of global forest canopies with spectral resolution of 10 nm across the visible and near-infra-red. These data will be used to compute spectral ratios such as NDVI to infer carbon content in both old-growth and harvested forests.

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