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 SatelliteAugust 29th, 2016 at 12:47pm
Keep an eye out for our spinning ELFIN mock up! Testing our RF antenna pattern up on the rooftops today. #patterntest #canyouhearELFINnow? #RFcomminication
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite added 2 new photos — with Anthony Gildemeister and 4 others.August 29th, 2016 at 12:47pm
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!!!
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UCLA ELFIN SatelliteAugust 29th, 2016 at 12:47pm
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!
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite shared NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams's video.August 29th, 2016 at 12:47pm
Humans have likely been awed by the aurora for many tens of thousands of years, and yet we've only really ::begun:: to understand this amazing phenomena in the last couple decades. Literally studying the boundary between Earth and Space where the solar wind interacts with our planet's magnetic field, UCLA EPSS is involved in four active satellite missions: THEMIS, ARTEMIS, MMS, and Cluster, with the fourth mission, UCLA ELFIN Satellite to be launched in late 2017. Come join the fun! #UCLAEPSS #NASA #geophysics #spacephysics #sunearthconnection #spacebruins
UCLA ELFIN Satellite
NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams
Aurora approaches and lights up our International Space Station.
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite added 3 new photos — with Micah Allen Cliffe and 8 others.August 29th, 2016 at 12:47pm
ELFIN Earth Station, up and running! The ELFIN team spends their afternoons tracking satellites as they cross the sky, listening with their yagi antenna for signals coming from small orbiting spacecraft. Congrats to the Operations and Earth Station teams for reaching this milestone!
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