The Electron Losses and Fields Investigation (ELFIN) is a 3U+ CubeSat mission under development by the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences department at UCLA. ELFIN will explore the mechanisms responsible for the loss of relativistic electrons from the radiation belts.

ELFIN is funded jointly by the NSF CubeSat and NASA LCAS programs and has been a participant in the AFRL’s University Nanosatellite Program.

If you would like to join the ELFIN team , you can find the application process here. We invite you to check out our website before applying to learn more about the project.

UCLA ELFIN Satellite

The Electron Losses and Fields Investigation (ELFIN) is a 3U CubeSatellite under development by the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences department at UCLA. The spacecraft carries a number of scientific instruments on-board to explore the loss of relativistic electrons from the Earth’s radiation belts. ELFIN is funded by NASA and NSF and a participant in the Air Force Research Laboratory’s University Nanosatellite Program, representing UCLA’s first largely student-designed and built satellite. The ELFIN team is a tightly-knit group of approximately 35 undergraduates as well as a number of staff scientists and engineers. This project gives students hands-on experience from initial concept design to final satellite assembly and, of course, launch!
UCLA ELFIN Satellite
UCLA ELFIN Satellite shared UCLA EPSS's post.September 28th, 2016 at 8:17am
Soon ELFIN will fill in the data gaps between the magnetosphere and the ground, woohoo!
5    View on Facebook
UCLA ELFIN Satellite
UCLA ELFIN SatelliteSeptember 28th, 2016 at 8:17am
Hopefully the 2nd to last fit check for our thermal vacuum copper shroud, basically a giant box to house our satellite with tubing in the bottom for running liquid nitrogen to simulate the frigid environment of space. You'd never know how hard it is to build a box from scratch until you try it, let alone one that is almost 300lbs... we even had to build a custom heavy duty cart just to transport and position it. And btw, the chic patina is primarily to reduce thermal emissivity of the inside compartment, looks nice too. #elfingoals #tvac #nomorecopper #uclaepss #cubesat
23 1    View on Facebook
UCLA ELFIN Satellite
UCLA ELFIN SatelliteSeptember 28th, 2016 at 8:17am
Keep an eye out for our spinning ELFIN mock up! Testing our RF antenna pattern up on the rooftops today. #patterntest #canyouhearELFINnow? #RFcomminication
19    View on Facebook
UCLA ELFIN Satellite
UCLA ELFIN Satellite added 2 new photos — with Anthony Gildemeister and 3 others.September 28th, 2016 at 8:17am
behold the near-final engineering model ELFIN chassis... machined entirely by undergrad students from solid blocks of 6061 aluminum and treated with Alodine 1201 for corrosion resistance. Next surface treatment is 2.4mil hard anodization, which will protect the outer (space) facing elements. Looking good!!!
6 3    View on Facebook
UCLA ELFIN Satellite
UCLA ELFIN SatelliteSeptember 28th, 2016 at 8:17am
Hey ELFIN members and ELFIN fans,

If you want to stay up-to-date and informed on ELFIN t-shirts, outreach events, social activities, and more, head over to UCLA Bruin Spacecraft Group, the official student organization that our undergrads and grads are a part of!
6 1    View on Facebook