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 added 2 new photos.December 7th, 2016 at 4:02pm
ELFIN Engineering Model 1 testing before thermal vacuum and vibration, and some newly fabbed and alodined #cnc parts. #elfincubesat #ucla #uclaepss #bruinspace #blueandgold
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UCLA ELFIN SatelliteDecember 7th, 2016 at 4:02pm
Learn about ICE-Sat2, a follow-up mission to study the cryosphere using space lasers (LIDAR) that will measure receding glaciers and polar ice caps. ICE-Sat 2 is the primary payload on the last Delta II rocket to be launched, slated for October 2017 from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. Thus ELFIN will "spacepool" and enter a parallel polar orbit, which will allow it to study magnetic waves and the raining electrons that power the aurora. http://icesat-2.gsfc.nasa.gov/
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite shared UCLA EPSS's event.December 7th, 2016 at 4:02pm
I'll be running this tonight at 7pm, UCLA EPSS and Institute for Planets & Exoplanets - IPLEX Present Intl. Observe the Moon Night! We'll have telescopes staffed by people who actually study the moon, exciting talks and videos, and PIECES OF THE MOON... yeah, Apollo was real. Even better, enjoy some crazy close-up views of lunar craters and lava filled seas through our 14" dome telescope!! On the 9th floor roof of the Math Sciences Building. See you then!!
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite with Micah Allen Cliffe.December 7th, 2016 at 4:02pm
ELFIN members represent the Earth planetary and space sciences department at the Luskin grand opening!
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite added 2 new photos.December 7th, 2016 at 4:02pm
Solar panel testing, including thermal camera
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