The goal of the project is to provide an aerospace engineering experience to students in Puerto Rico by building a cube satellite (CubeSat). Also this will help promote the aerospace Workspace in Puerto Rico. In addition, the students are exposed to the preliminary design reviews (PDR), concept design review (CDR), and flight readiness review (FRR). This is the first scientific CubeSat to be built by a minority institution in USA ( Inter-American University).
Collaborations with major universities and governmental institutions provide training opportunities for students and faculty members from the island. PRIDCO -- the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company is providing most of the funding for the project along with matching fund from the Puerto Rico NASA Space Grant. A major scientific objective of the project is to undertand the different Ionosphere Thermosphere time constant when SWIM flys over the heating ionosphere from the Arecibo heating facility.