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 3 new photos — with Micah Allen Cliffe and 8 others.July 26th, 2016 at 9:02am
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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UCLA ELFIN Satellite shared The Planetary Society's post.July 26th, 2016 at 9:02am
Happy to help!
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite added 3 new photos.July 26th, 2016 at 9:02am
Summer fun! ELFIN engineers assemble the avionics stack for the very first time. One step closer to a fully functioning satellite!
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly).July 26th, 2016 at 9:02am
Getting ready for Development Model Vibe #4!
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite feeling determined with Ethan Tsai at UCLA EPSS.July 26th, 2016 at 9:02am
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