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 SatelliteJuly 25th, 2017 at 9:27am
Weather looks great for a range test! Our Earth station stands proud as our engineering model of ELFIN is getting set up 30 miles away. Our team is looking to establish a link with ELFIN and talk to it as if we were talking to it from space.
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite
UCLA ELFIN Satellite added 4 new photos.July 25th, 2017 at 9:27am
Everything looks green as our engineering model experiences its operational limits in vacuum. Huge congrats to the ELFIN team for making it to this milestone!
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UCLA ELFIN SatelliteJuly 25th, 2017 at 9:27am
Space weather probes ELFIN and big sisters THEMIS and ARTEMIS featured in latest issue of Scientia!

http://www.scientia.global/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Scientia-112.pdf#page=96
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite
UCLA ELFIN SatelliteJuly 25th, 2017 at 9:27am
Our thermal equivalent model of ELFIN has survived a round of vacuum, generating valuable data for our hardworking team to predict the exact temperatures ELFIN will see in space. On the right, you're peering through the newly installed pane of glass that allows us to see right into our thermal vacuum chamber!
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UCLA ELFIN SatelliteJuly 25th, 2017 at 9:27am
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