Team Miles CubeSat

Team Miles was one of 3 winners to get a free launch for their satellite in the NASA CubeQuest Challenge. The challenge, which is a space derby, offers $5.5 million in prizes for teams and will provide launch services on the 2020 NASA SLS-EM1 mission.
Team Miles is the only non-university team to have placed and earned prizes in all four rounds of competition, leading up to them being selected as one of the free launch slots. As a team of citizen scientists and engineers, they came together initially through Tampa Hackerspace, a community, non-profit workshop in Tampa, FL. The team expanded with experts in radiation, communications, software development, and project management.
The NASA Cube Quest Challenge is a competition to build space-ready, small satellites capable of advanced communication and propulsion near and beyond the moon. Teams strive for high-speed data communications, navigation, and survival in lunar orbit or deep space, competing for an unprecedented $5.5 million prize purse in NASA’s first ever in-space challenge. Cube Quest is part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program which accelerates technology by engaging non-traditional sources in competition.
The Miles spacecraft is a 6U satellite, about the size of a breadbox, that will be capable of navigating to the Moon, establishing Lunar orbit, conducting its mission, and then navigating to a final orbit near Mars. The entire mission will be flown autonomously by a sophisticated onboard computer system and powered by evolutionary plasma thrusters.
The team’s efforts have also been supported by strategic partnerships with Fluid and Reason (, Yosemite Space (, The DRI (, Piedmont Precision Aeroculture (, Brainloop (, Basecamp (, Thermal Management Technologies (, and Sabalcore (

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