IRVINE01 is a 1U CubeSat[1][2] built by the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program (ICSP), a team of six high schools from Irvine, California. IRVINE01 is an educational mission that gives high school students the experience of building, testing, and controlling a nano-satellite, with the aim of developing interest and talent in the science and engineering fields..[3][4][5][6][7]

IRVINE01 features the first orbital ion electrospray thruster developed by Accion Systems. Other technology aboard include deployable solar arrays and magnetorquers, both supplied by the Ecuadorian Space Agency.

IRVINE01 was launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on November 11, 2018 as part of an Electron rocket mission operated by Rocket Lab entitled It's Business Time.

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  3. ^ Loff, Sarah (2015-07-22). "CubeSats Overview". NASA. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  4. ^ "About CubeSats -". Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  5. ^ "Irvine CubeSat STEM Program". irvinecubesat. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  6. ^ "Irvine high school students ready their mini satellite for launch into orbit". Orange County Register. 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  7. ^ "Students Prepare to Launch Satellite They Built Into Space". NBC Southern California. Retrieved 2017-11-13.