• CubeSats to test new small satellite control and communication systems
• CubeSats playing an important role in exploration & technology demonstration
Thirteen NASA and National Reconnaissance Office or NRO CubeSats are scheduled to be launched on October 8 from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. Four of the CubeSats are NASA sponsored and nine are NRO sponsored, one of which was developed with NASA funding. The NASA-sponsored CubeSats will test new small satellite control and communications systems, Earth observations, amateur radio communications and an X-Band radio science transponder. Small satellites, including CubeSats, are playing an increasingly larger role in exploration, technology demonstration, scientific research and educational investigations at NASA.