SBUDNIC before launch in March, 2022
Mission typeEducation
COSPAR ID2022-057AU Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.52774
Mission duration3–6 months planned
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type3U CubeSat
ManufacturerBrown University SBUDNIC Team
Dry mass5.5 kilograms (12 lb)
Dimensions10cm x 10cm x 30cm
End of mission
Decay date10 August 2023[1]

SBUDNIC was a 3U (one unit) CubeSat designed and built by an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate students at Brown University and the National Research Council of Italy, for research and educational purposes. The satellite was an open-source hardware project designed to be cheaply and easily reproduced, using commercial off-the-shelf parts like an Arduino Nano and AA Energizer batteries.[2][3][4]

The project was financed by Brown's Undergraduate Finance Board, the National Research Council of Italy, and Rhode Island's NASA Space Grant Consortium.[5] The satellite was deployed from D-Orbit's ION Satellite Carrier on the SpaceX Falcon 9 Transporter 5 mission.[6]

The satellite decayed from orbit on 10 August 2023.[1]


  1. ^ a b "SBUDNIC". 10 August 2023. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
  2. ^ Engineering Department Press, Brown University. "CNR and Brown University School of Engineering announce the launch of a satellite". Engineering | Brown University.
  3. ^ Russo, Amy. "Fashioned from AA batteries: Brown students launch satellite on Elon Musk's rocket". The Providence Journal.
  4. ^ "SBUDNIC". Gunter's Space Page.
  5. ^ "SBUDNIC".
  6. ^ "SBUDNIC". Nanosats Database.