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 SatelliteSeptember 19th, 2017 at 6:49pm
ELFIN's iconic stacer was test deployed for the first time last week. At the tip is one of our main instruments, the Fluxgate Magnetometer, built right here at UCLA. Check out some of the footage! You can see the 75 cm worth of beryllium copper spiraling outwards both in slow motion and at -35° celsius!
UCLA ELFIN Satellite
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite shared Daily Bruin's post.September 19th, 2017 at 6:49pm
Spreading the word about the eclipse's connection to solar storms and space weather. Oh, and it was closer to 3,000 people... Go ELFIN!
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite
UCLA ELFIN SatelliteSeptember 19th, 2017 at 6:49pm
Last week, our team tested our spin control algorithms at Aerospace Corporation. With a series of tests, ELFIN demonstrated its capability to reliably spin off of Earth's magnetic field!
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UCLA ELFIN SatelliteSeptember 19th, 2017 at 6:49pm
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UCLA ELFIN SatelliteSeptember 19th, 2017 at 6:49pm
Last month, ELFIN's first engineering model sustained up to 17 g's worth of vibration tests in all axes and a shock test up to 1000 g's. It passed every single test objective with flying colors! Congrats to the ELFIN team on this huge achievement!
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