|Start of mission|
|Launch date||28 October 2011|
|Rocket||Delta II 7920-10C|
|Launch site||Vandenberg SLC-2W|
M-Cubed is a miniaturized satellite built by students at the University of Michigan in joint project run by MXL and JPL . It is an example of the popular CubeSat design for amateur satellites. It was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in October 2011 atop a Delta II rocket. This was a multi-payload mission with five other CubeSats, AubieSat-1, DICE-1, DICE-2, Explorer-1 Prime, and RAX-2.
The name 'M-Cubed' is a shortening of Michigan Multipurpose Minisat.
M-Cubed uses a passive Attitude control system consisting of a large permanent magnet that aligns the satellite with the Earth's magnetic field. On-board control is provided by a Taskit Stamp9G20 microcontroller running Real time Linux. The Michigan Exploration Laboratory (MXL) suspects that the M-Cubed CubeSat, became magnetically conjoined to Explorer-1 Prime, a second CubeSat released at the same time, via strong onboard magnets used for passive attitude control (see: Magnetorquer), after deploying on October 28th, 2011. This is the first non-destructive latching of two satellites.
M-Cubed's primary mission is as a technology demonstrator platform for high resolution imaging technology intended for use in a future Nasa mission.