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NASA Adds 16 Cubesats For Space Missions Over Next 3 Years

deep_spaceSixteen miniaturized satellites from nine U.S. states have been chosen by NASA to support the agency’s space research missions during the next three years.

The cubesats were submitted by universities, nonprofit organizations, a primary school and government research centers for NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellite Program, the space agency said Thursday.

To date, NASA has picked 115 cubesats to become part of the effort and has launched 27 cubesats into space.

Seventeen cubesat payloads will be included on four separate rocket launches scheduled this year, the space agency says.

A cubesat measures 4 inches on each side, weighs less than 3 pounds and has a volume of 1 quart.

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