[amsat-bb] NASA to Launch Three New CubeSats in November
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Sun Mar 21 06:34:25 PDT 2010
Subject: NASA to Launch Three New CubeSats in November
> Three small research satellites with amateur radio educational
> payloads are scheduled for launch in late November.
> Called CubeSats because of their shape, they come from
> Montana State University, the University of Colorado and
> Kentucky Space as part of NASA's Educational Launch of
> Nanosatellite mission.
> Kentucky's KySat-1 is believed to be the first CubeSat to
> carry a 2 meter-to-70 cm FM transponder - truly a crossband
> repeater in space and one that should be accessible by most
> radio amateurs within its flight path, authorities said.
> CubeSats are in a class of small research spacecraft called
> pico-satellites. They have a volume of about one quart and
> weigh no more than 2.2 pounds. The University of Florida was
> selected as an alternate in case one of the three primary spacecraft
> cannot fly.
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