University of Minnesota SmallSat Team

The U of MN SmallSat team in the Twin Cities is currently working on two small satellite payloads named EXACT and SOCRATES. These are acronyms that stand for “Experiment for X-ray Characterization and Timing” and “Signal Opportunity CubeSat Ranging And Timing Experiment System,” respectively. EXACT is looking primarily at X-rays from the sun and SOCRATES is looking at gamma ray photons from deep space. EXACT is sponsored and funded through the University NanoSat Program (UNP) which is a subset of the Air Force (AF) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). SOCRATES is backed by NASA through the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) and Space Grant. With these two projects operating under two different entities, it means that each project must adhere to a particular set of requirements. More information about this project can be found at the link below.

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