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 was launched October 8, 2015 on NASA’s 12th ELaNa (Educational Launch of Nanosat) mission.