The Eagle Sat is a research and design lab for the Eagle Sat space grant project. The first cubesat design is to create a test bed to analyze the degradation of data on the current solid state memory devices used today such as flash memory, SD cards, memory sticks, etc.
It has been hypothesized that the radiation belt in the upper atmosphere of our planets could destroy these devices ability to store information actually and we are going to test that. The cubesat has also been equipped with a GPS device so our students can track the degradation of the orbit of this satellite. There is quite a lot of space debris circling our planet and not much is known about how long these objects will stay there. Hopefully with a known mass, launch altitude, and trajectory we can learn a bit more about these objects orbiting our planet in low earth orbits. Once launched the satellite ground station on campus will be able to communicate with this satellite for nine minutes every day as is passes over head.