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ULA Atlas V Rocket Launches Twelve CubeSats, NRO Defense Satellite
2013-12-09 09:35:17

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Taking advantage of a recent launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), 12 tiny cube satellites, called CubeSats, were put into orbit as part of a future NASA missions. The launch, which took place on Dec. 5 at 11:14pm PST, put the 12 CubeSats and the NRO’s NROL-39 national defense GEMSat mission into space successfully. “Today’s successful...

2013-12-06 08:21:03

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With help from NASA, four student-built CubeSat research satellites launched into space Friday from the California coast as part of the agency's CubeSat Launch Initiative. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The CubeSats were included as auxiliary payloads aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif., at 11:14 p.m. PST Dec. 5 (2:14 a.m....

NASA's PhoneSat 2.4 Phones Home
2013-12-05 04:22:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced on Wednesday that its next generation smartphone cubesat has completed its checkout and sent back data to the space agency, showing that all systems are go. PhoneSat 2.4 is a tiny spacecraft weighing only about 2.2 pounds that uses an off-the-shelf Samsung Nexus S for a brain. The microsatellite is the first of the PhoneSat family to use a two-way S-band radio, which allows engineers to command the satellite from Earth....

2013-12-04 16:20:31

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PhoneSat 2.4, NASA's next generation smartphone cubesat has phoned home. The tiny spacecraft that uses an off-the-shelf smartphone for a brain has completed checkout and sent back data confirming all systems are "go" for the spry spacefarer. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) PhoneSat 2.4, a cube approximately four inches square, weighs only about 2.2 pounds, and was developed at NASA's Ames Research...

2013-11-20 16:20:12

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is beginning to receive confirmation 11 small cubesat research satellites, including the first developed by high school students, that were launched into space Tuesday night from the Virginia coast are operating as planned. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The cubesats were included as auxiliary payloads aboard a U.S. Air Force Minotaur 1 rocket that lifted off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at...

After Record-Setting CubeSat Launch, Many Are Already Online
2013-11-20 14:14:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA said that it has received confirmation from 11 small CubeSat research satellites that were part of the record-setting launch last night (Nov 19). During the nighttime lift-off, 29 satellites were launched on board an Orbital Sciences’ Minotaur 1 rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. There were 29 CubeSats in the mission’s payload, including one that was developed by high school students. ''Cubesats offer our best...

2013-11-19 23:00:32

The first New England college to launch a CubeSat, Vermont Tech takes an important step for space exploration. Randolph, Vt. (PRWEB) November 19, 2013 Today, Vermont Tech is proud to announce that a small satellite built and programmed at the college has been launched into space. The first college in New England to launch a cube satellite, Vermont Tech’s Lunar Lander CubeSat will remain in space for three to five years, testing the navigation components that will eventually be used to...

Record Number Of Satellites Launching On Minotaur Rocket Tonight
2013-11-19 18:55:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Orbital Sciences announced on Tuesday that it is in the final preparations for the launch of a mission that will place a record number of satellites into orbit. The company’s Minotaur I rocket will be launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia tonight. The rocket will be taking up the Department of Defense Operationally Responsive Space Office’s ORS-3 mission, or the...

NASA Helps Launch Student-Built Satellites And Latest PhoneSat As Part Of CubeSat Launch Initiative
2013-11-19 15:54:17

NASA Nine university teams and one high school team will experience on Tuesday a feat that few outside the aerospace industry will ever realize: watching the nanosatellites, or cubesats, that they designed and built launch into space. An addition to the NASA PhoneSat technology demonstration will also be aboard. More than 300 students took part in this fourth installment of NASA’s cubesat Launch Initiative and it’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellite (ELaNa) Missions, which enables...

Lightning Study To Be The Subject Of NASA Firefly Mission
2013-11-16 04:39:20

[ Watch the Video: Firefly Mission to Study Lightning ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA is preparing to launch an inexpensive, football-sized probe to study lightning, including its effects on the atmosphere and the possible link between the phenomenon and powerful energy bursts known as terrestrial gamma ray flashes (TGFs), the US space agency announced on Friday. The probe has been dubbed Firefly, and it is currently scheduled for a launch later...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Iridium Satellite -- The Iridium satellite constellation is also a system of 66 active communication satellites and spares around the earth. Named for the element Iridium, it was originally to have 77 active satellites, but was later redesigned to have its current number, though the name was retained. Iridium allowed worldwide voice and data communications using handheld devices. The Iridium service once failed financially and the earth stations were shut down. Its financial...

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