Weather and distance makes communications very difficult in the Arctic. The CubeSat project was designed to utilize advances in technology to create small satellites that would be deployed in a polar orbit. These satellites would then serve as a means of reliable communication for the Coast Guard as they operate in the Arctic. Because of the cost and small size of the device, CubeSat is an economical alternative to Sarsat and other current satellite solutions.
Dr. Nettie La Belle-Hamer