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ELaNa-10 Delta II Launch

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Four CubeSats are set to launch aboard a Delta II rocket with the NASA SMAP primary payload from Vandenberg AFB in California. The CubeSat payloads have been provided through NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program. There is a 3 minute launch window starting at 6:20am Pacific Time. Below is information about each CubeSat including tracking information where available and links to developers' websites. For launch status, see Spaceflight Now's mission status page.

1 FIREBIRD-2 Montana State University, University of New Hampshire, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Aerospace Corp. 1.5U (x2)

Flight Unit 3: 437.405 MHz

Flight Unit 4: 437.230 MHz

19.2k baud GMSK AX.25 packet at 60 second period. Each beacon is two separate packets about 1 second apart.

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2 GRIFEX University of Michigan / NASA JPL 3U 437.485 MHz, <1W GMSK, AX.25 9600 baud, 10 sec period

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3 ExoCube Cal Poly, PolySat 3U 437.270MHz, 9600 baud AX.25 FSK, NRZI+SCRAMBLED, Morse Code spells out "X03" every 45 seconds
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For those of you supporting us on launch day, don't forget to join the IRC channel. Information about the channel can be found at

Preliminary TLEs (updated 1/31/15 for actual liftoff time):

1 99991U          15031.59861111 -.00003570  00000-0 -19504-3 0 00001
2 99991 099.0984 037.3071 0163136 342.7180 150.8323 15.03559600000011
1 99992U          15031.59861111 -.00003597  00000-0 -20054-3 0 00003
2 99992 099.0980 037.3077 0161468 342.2744 151.4119 15.03089438000018
1 99993U          15031.59861111 -.00003538  00000-0 -19750-3 0 00000
2 99993 099.0978 037.3072 0161500 341.7803 151.9355 15.03037792000011

ELaNa-10 on NASA EDGE Webcast:

Live NASA TV launch coverage of the countdown begins at 4 am PST (7 am EST) and also on the NASA Web at or

Coverage concludes after SMAP spacecraft separation from the Delta II and solar array deployment has been initiated. NASA's launch blog will continue coverage through CubeSat separation.

NASA EDGE will webcast Part 1 of launch coverage with live interviews at 5:20 am PST (8:20 am EST) and Part 2 ELaNa X CubeSat coverage with live interviews at 7:25 am PST(10:25 am EST).

It can be accessed at

The program will also be carried live on the NASA Education channel

A post-launch news conference will be held at 9 am PST (12 pm EST) and carried live on NASA Television

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 January 2015 08:43

Spring 2015 CubeSat Developer's Workshop Abstract Submission

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Spring 2015 CubeSat Developer's Workshop

Abstract Submission Now Open!

Workshop Dates: April 22-24, 2015

There are two links below, one for presenter abstracts the other for poster abstracts.

Please keep abstracts under 500 words, the abstracts should indicate the ideas addressed within the presentation or poster, and the objectives of the presentation/poster.  Readers should not have to read the full text to understand the abstract.

More importantly, any topic is welcome!

Please follow this link to submit presenter abstracts

Please follow this link to submit poster abstracts

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 13:13

iCubeSat 2015

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Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 07:42

Congressional legislation to remove satellites from ITAR

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Congressional Legislation to Remove Satellites from ITAR

The House of Representatives in the U.S. Senate recently passed a bill, H.R. 3288, with a clause to remove ITAR restrictions on commercial satellites. The specific wording for the purpose of the bill:

To authorize the President to remove commercial satellites and related components
from the United States Munitions List subject to certain restrictions,
and for other purposes.

Full test of the Bill can be found in PDF here:

Status of the bill:

This bill only pertains to commercial satellites, and does not include scientific or educational in its current form. Make your voices heard and please write to your Representatives for the inclusion of these terms. Removing educational, scientific, and commercial satellites from ITAR control will help foster the international small satellite community.

Representatives Howard Berman, Don Manzullo, Adam Smith, Mike Coffman, Dutch Ruppersberger, Rob Bishop, Gerry Connolly, Jason Chaffetz, and Martin Heinrich introduced the bill, and are the best people to contact regarding updates and changes.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 December 2011 13:34
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