In February 1995, two small satellite missions designed by college students were selected for flight. The missions selected were two of 66 proposed for a program called STudent Explorer Demonstration Initiative (STEDI), which was developed in response to a challenge from NASA to demonstrate that first-rate science and technology missions could be conducted in academic environments according to budget and schedule and with a smaller fiscal base than that of other missions.
The teams selected to fly their missions are based at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Center for Space Physics at Boston University (BU). Their missions will be conducted under a strict budget of $4.31 million over 3 years with a nominal 1-year period of science operations. The Boston University project, which this article will focus on, is called the Tomographic Experiment using Radiative Recombinative EUV and Radio Sources (TERRIERS). (Readers are encouraged to browse the WWW server http://net.bu.edu/terriers.html).