KitCube is a backpack-size spacecraft designed by MIT students to compete in NASA’s CubeQuest Challenge. 2015-2016 Team KitCube members included: (from left) grad student Kate Cantu, senior Johannes Norheim, junior Bjarni Orn Kristinsson, grad student Myron Lee, grad student Christian Haughwout, grad student Angie Crews, grad student Max Yates, and senior Scarlett Koller. (William Litant/MIT photograph)
KitCube a contender for a hitchhike to the moon by Angela Crews A team comprising MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics students, high school students from La Cañada Flintridge, Calif, and industry partners is one of the six remaining contenders for three possible launch slots to deep space or lunar orbit in NASA’s CubeQuest Challenge. The team had a strong second place finish in Ground Tournament 2 (GT-2) in March 2016, the second “ground tournament” of the challenge. The CubeQuest Challenge offers a total of more than $5 million in prizes to teams that develop CubeSats for deep space or lunar orbit. The top three competitors in
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