It could be a kid’s LEGO® creation, about the size of a detergent box. Don’t be fooled. The University of North Dakota ’s OpenOrbiter One CubeSat —recently given a “go for launch” by NASA—is a space-based research device capable of much more than its diminutive size lets on. “We got awarded a launch, very exciting, indeed,” said Computer Science
In an undisturbed patch of prairie never touched by the plow, University of North Dakota geographer and remote sensing expert Brad Rundquist and a team of students have set up a camera that’s part of an international environmental monitoring project called PhenoCam — managed by the U.S.