CFESat, the Cibola Flight Experiment Satellite, examines radio spectra for ionospheric and lightning studies, using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). As well as science observation, the mission aims to show use of reconfigurable FPGAs to work in the radiation environment of low Earth orbit.

The satellite payloads were built by Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the bus was built by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

CFESat was launched from Cape Canaveral on 8 March 2007, alongside Orbital Express, MidSTAR-1 and FalconSAT-3.

External links

  • NNSA satellite launched on Atlas-5 rocket, Los Alamos National Laboratory news story, 9 March 2007.
  • Supercomputing satellite hits the road, Los Alamos National Laboratory news story, 31 August 2006.
  • eoPortal summary of CFESat