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    NASA's First Minisatellite Mission Comes to Successful End

    Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology SATellite (FASTSAT) Microsatellite An artist's rendering of the FASTSAT minisatellite in Earth orbit. (NASA/MSFC)
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    After two successful years of on-orbit operations, NASA's Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite, or FASTSAT, mission is coming to an end. FASTSAT successfully demonstrated a capability to build, deploy and operate a science and technology flight mission at lower costs than previously possible. The satellite was designed, developed and tested over a period of 14 months at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., in partnership with the Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation and Dynetics, both of Huntsville, and the Department of Defense's Space Test Program.

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About NASA's Small Satellite Missions

    NASA's ability to rapidly develop and launch ground-breaking technologies into space just got more efficient and less expensive. NASA is pulling together engineers and scientist from across the country to develop and fly very small satellites, also called nanosatellites, in extremely short time frames. Small satellite missions provide NASA with valuable opportunities to test emerging technologies and economical commercial off-the-shelf components which may be useful in future space missions. Using small and very small satellites (weighing between 2-440 pounds) NASA can test innovative science and engineering technologies on a smaller scale in the space environment and better understand how hardware will survive the radiation, temperature and vacuum conditions encountered in space. NASA nanosatellites are designed for a wide spectrum of space missions including biology experiments, testing advanced propulsion and communications technologies.

Current Missions

    An Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) Cubesat ELaNa
    ELaNa is a NASA initiative to attract and retain students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. › View Site

    Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology SATellite (FASTSAT) Microsatellite FASTSAT
    FASTSAT is a NASA microsatellite designed to create a capability that increases opportunities for payloads to be flown at lower cost than previously possible. › View Site

    Fully deployed, the NanoSailS sail area measures 107 square feet. NanoSail-D
    The NanoSail-D mission will track the progress of NASA's first solar sail created for nanosatellites.
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    Weighs approximately 12 pounds. O/OREOS
    O/OREOS has two experiments that will activate once it reaches low Earth orbit, more than 400 miles above Earth. › View Site

Past Missions

    Pharmasat graphic PharmaSat
    PharmaSat will measure how microgravity affects yeast resistance to an antifungal agent. > View Site

    Presat graphic PRESat
    PRESat is a risk reduction and technology demonstration mission. > View Site

    ST5 graphic ST5
    Space Technology 5 is part of NASA's New Millennium Program, which develops and tests innovative technologies and concepts for future missions. > View Site