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CREPT Instrument Used To Study The Radiation Belts
2013-02-15 12:56:58

NASA A smaller version of an instrument now flying on NASA´s Van Allen Probes has won a coveted spot aboard an upcoming NASA-sponsored Cubesat mission – the perfect platform for this pint-size, solid-state telescope. Weighing just 3.3 pounds, the Compact Relativistic Electron and Proton Telescope (CREPT) will “augment the science of a major flagship mission” and demonstrate the effectiveness of two new technologies that make the instrument four times faster than...

Historic Space Station Deployment Sends CubeSats in Orbit
2012-12-10 20:00:10

NASA Typically satellites launch from Earth, requiring dedicated launch vehicles to propel them into the proper orbit. The cost for this launch scenario could be reduced considerably if there was another way to get the satellites into their optimal orbit. The Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency (JAXA) found a way to cut the costs of this activity by designing a small satellite launcher, installed recently on the International Space Station. The Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Small...

Space Station Astronauts Launch Techedsat
2012-10-05 08:35:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A small cube-like satellite launched from the International Space Station on Thursday and it has NASA engineers, student interns and amateur radio enthusiasts around the world listening. TechEdSat was released from the new Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer aboard the space station at 11:44 am EDT. The small satellite measures only 4 inches to a side and carries a ham radio transmitter. Developed by a group of student...

Space Launch Squadron Celebrates Successful Atlas V Launch
2012-09-14 08:26:56

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Members of the 4th Space Launch Squadron celebrated the successful liftoff of United Launch Alliance´s Atlas V rocket Thursday (Sept. 13). The rocket blasted off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 5:39 p.m. EDT (2:39 local time), carrying a top secret satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and 11 CubeSats for various agencies and universities. The 4th SLS know the feeling of launch day...

Hold Me Closer, Tiny Thruster
2012-08-17 13:13:07

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Some MIT engineers have taken the old cliche “Good things come in small packages” to heart, creating a rocket thruster no larger than an American penny or postage stamp. These thrusters, which operate on jets of ion beams, could soon power some of the tiniest satellites in space. These “micro thrusters” were created by Paulo Lozano, an associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT....

2012-08-14 07:49:38

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2013 and 2016. These miniature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. These cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume of about one quart and weigh less than three pounds. Proposed CubeSat investigations must be consistent with NASA's...

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2012-08-11 09:19:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced that it has chosen three teams for small spacecraft technology demonstration missions. The space agency chose the teams to advance the state of the art for small spacecraft in the areas of communications, formation flying and docking systems. It said the space technology flights are expected to start taking place sometime between 2014 and 2015. All of the selected missions will employ nanosatellites conforming to...

CINEMA Nanosatellite Part Of Group Of CubeSats To Go Into Space
2012-08-01 08:33:58

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online University of California, Berkeley students are part of an international team of students that built an 8-pound satellite that will be launched into orbit tomorrow (August 2) along with ten other CubeSats -- a new line of inexpensive, modular nanosatellites. The nanosatellites will accompany a spy satellite aboard an Atlas V rocket being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California. The nanosatellite, called CINEMA...


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