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EXACT and SOCRATES are acronyms that stand for Experiment for X-ray Characterization and Timing and Signal Opportunity CubeSat Ranging And Timing Experiment System, respectively. In other words, EXACT is looking primarily at X-rays from the sun and SOCRATES at gamma ray photons from deep space. Funding for each project comes from a different source. EXACT is sponsored and funded through the University NanoSat Program (UNP) which is a subset of the Air Force (AF) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). SOCRATES is backed by NASA through the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP), however at the writing of this document, not much information has been received from NASA or USIP other than that the project will receive funding. With these two projects operating under two different entities, it means that each project must adhere to a particular set of requirements.