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 SatelliteMay 25th, 2017 at 2:48pm
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UCLA ELFIN SatelliteMay 25th, 2017 at 2:48pm
For the first time, ELFIN's antennas saw the freezing temperatures of space and successfully deployed amid the ghostly sea of nitrogen gas.
Congrats to the ELFIN team for this big milestone!
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UCLA ELFIN SatelliteMay 25th, 2017 at 2:48pm
So so close... Just working out a few last issues before we put Elfin in the vacuum chamber and pump it down, and freeze it in this copper box simulating the stresses of space. This is no small milestone: the culmination of thousands of hours development, testing, and troubleshooting, not only the satellite itself but all of the support and testing platforms that are required to prove that a satellite is fit to fly. Good work everyone and hope we make it out of the tank in one piece!
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UCLA ELFIN Satellite shared Bruin Spacecraft Group at UCLA's post.May 25th, 2017 at 2:48pm
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UCLA ELFIN SatelliteMay 25th, 2017 at 2:48pm
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