Sarah Rogers manages The ASU Phoenix Program, a group of undergraduates with a mission to study thermal emission of urban areas from space.
Here is a short summary from her:
Sunstone's PCBs are being used on the Phoenix CubeSat, a small satellite the size of a loaf of bread, which is being developed by Arizona State University. Our primary mission objective is to educate undergraduates on developing a small spacecraft, but the satellite will have an infrared camera for taking thermal images of the Earth, which we will use to study the Urban Heat Island Effect in the US. Phoenix is a interdisciplinary project, in which our team spans 5 ASU schools that incorporate engineering, space exploration, geographical sciences, film, and public relations. The current launch date is scheduled for May 2019.
*update July 2019:
We have finished integrating the cubesat and have successfully passed our environmental testing as well! We are now prepping for our Hardware Acceptance Review with NASA and Nanoracks (our launch provider), and are preparing to deliver the spacecraft sometime around August 12.
*update November 2019:
Phoenix is now on the ISS and will be deploying into orbit some time in late January, so you'll now have a few boards in space!
If you want to read more about the satellite, their website link is below:
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