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In the summer of 2010, a group of students and faculty at Salish Kootenai College began the work of designing a CubeSat. A CubeSat is a 10 cm X 10 cm X 10 cm satellite with a mass that does not exceed 1 kg.

Salish Kootenai College’s CubeSat is named Nʷist Q́ʷiq́ʷay in the Salish language and is commonly referred to as BisonSat.

The primary objective of Nʷist Q́ʷiq́ʷay is educational, with a secondary objective of demonstrating the acquisition of targeted 100-meter or better resolution visible light imagery of the Earth from a CubeSat platform.

Nʷist Q́ʷiq́ʷay will be launched in September of 2015 on NASA’s 12th ELaNa (Educational Launch of Nanosat) mission.

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