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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 and NASA CubeSat 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 is celebrating the holidays.January 19th, 2018 at 6:58pm
At ELFIN, we celebrate the holidays by making our own snow, Christmas lights, and running a 3 week long thermal vacuum test campaign! Happy holidays!
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite
UCLA ELFIN Satellite is feeling charged.January 19th, 2018 at 6:58pm
ELFIN using that SoCal sunshine to top off its batteries
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UCLA ELFIN SatelliteJanuary 19th, 2018 at 6:58pm
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite shared an event.January 19th, 2018 at 6:58pm
Come by the ELFIN booth this Sunday 12-5pm at UCLA's Exploring Your Universe open house and pickup the new ELFIN sticker! ;) Learn about space weather and play with plasma and magnets, in 3645 Geology building, free and for all ages! #swag
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UCLA ELFIN SatelliteJanuary 19th, 2018 at 6:58pm
Come see ELFIN in person at UCLA's Exploring Your Universe on Sunday Nov. 5th 12-5pm, fun for the whole family! Meteorites, comets, space plasma, fluid dynamics demonstrations, solar telescopes, and more! We will be in Geology 3645.

https://www.exploringyouruniverse.org/
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