February 17, 2017, NASA selected IRVINE02 to participate in NASA's eighth class of CubeSat launch candidates.  IRVINE02 is a 1U will have an electric thruster with propellant to adjust its orbit, and an optical laser downlink to send science data back to Earth much faster than the onboard UHF radio.  The camera is the same as our previous Irvine CubeSat, but uses a wide-field macro lens instead of a telephoto zoom lens.  It is currently anticipated that IRVINE02 will launch in November of 2018 aboard the SpaceX  SSO-A mission managed by Spaceflight Industries.

Irvine02 Diagram