About Project LEOPARD


Materials such as carbon composites can be useful in space exploration for their ionizing radiation blocking properties, versatility, low mass, and flexibility. These properties allow them to be woven into fabrics or coated onto materials and hardware. Radiation is a large problem for orbital and deep-space manned and unmanned missions. A viable lightweight and versatile radiation-mitigation material used to coat spacesuits or spacecraft would help reduce design complexity and mass (and ultimately cost) of manned and unmanned missions to space while reducing risk to the health of astronauts and increasing the survivability of critical hardware. To investigate the validity of such materials in spaceflight, the objective of Project LEOPARD is to study the ability of carbon composite materials to block Alpha, Beta, and Gamma radiation.



The NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) provides launch opportunities to qualifying NASA centers, US accredited educational institutions, and US not-for-profit organizations. If accepted, this program will provide Project LEOPARD with a deployment from the International Space Station or a launch as a secondary payload between 2018–2021.

UC CubeCats will work with NASA and the launch provider to follow all CubeSat, testing, and operational requirements.


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