Cube·​Sat ˈkyüb-ˌsat How to pronounce CubeSat (audio)
variants or less commonly cubesat
plural CubeSats also cubesats
: an artificial satellite typically designed with inexpensive components that fit into a cube with sides 10 centimeters in length
In the DIY culture of CubeSat builders, simple (read "cheap") is good.Mark Betancourt
Meanwhile, competitor Planet Labs is deploying cubesats from the International Space Station for tasks such as urban planning and reservoir monitoring.Elizabeth Howell

Examples of CubeSat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tech startup is now partnering with a previous competitor, Spire Global, to develop the CubeSat for their quantum magnetometer. IEEE Spectrum, 5 Oct. 2023 One of the most recent trials involved small-scale plasma thrusters attached to a CubeSat (miniature satellite), enabling it to power itself into Earth’s atmosphere and burn up once its mission is over. Jason Thomson, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

2000, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of CubeSat was in 2000

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“CubeSat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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