Name LightCube
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 1U
Status Operational? (Reports on SatNOGS and Twitter as of 2023-04-27)
Launched 2023-03-14
NORAD ID 56314
Deployer NRCSD (NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) [Quad-M]
Launcher Falcon 9 (CRS-27) (ELaNa 50)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2023-04-23
Organisation Arizona State University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Launch brokerer NASA CSLI / ELaNa
Partners Vega Space Systems, Mexico’s CETYS Universidad

Education mission to allow a CubeSat in to be easily operable by general public and produce a light visible to the naked eye of observers on Earth.


Education mission to allow a CubeSat in low-Earth orbit (LEO) to be easily operable by members of the general public. The LightCube CubeSat will provide a platform that increases the number of individuals who can participate in space activities. Specifically, anyone with appropriate amateur radio licensing within their jurisdiction and commercial radio equipment available for purchase for less than fifty dollars will be able to telecommand LightCube. The LightCube CubeSat will respond with a flash visible to the naked eye of the commander. In the process of operating LightCube, the user will inevitably learn important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts in areas such as telecommunications, spacecraft design, atmospheric and climate science, and orbital mechanics.

LightCube, a 1U CubeSat developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Vega Space Systems and Mexico’s CETYS Universidad, features a flash bulb that can be controlled remotely by amateur radio operators on Earth who will be able to activate the satellite to produce a brief flash visible from the ground.

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