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.
|2||GRIFEX||University of Michigan / NASA JPL||3U||437.485 MHz, <1W GMSK, AX.25 9600 baud, 10 sec period||
|3||ExoCube||Cal Poly, PolySat||3U||437.270MHz, 9600 baud AX.25 FSK, NRZI+SCRAMBLED, Morse Code spells out "X03" every 45 seconds
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 http://www.cubesat.org/index.php/collaborate/ground-operators.
Preliminary TLEs (updated 1/31/15 for actual liftoff time):
FIREBIRD-2 1 99991U 15031.59861111 -.00003570 00000-0 -19504-3 0 00001 2 99991 099.0984 037.3071 0163136 342.7180 150.8323 15.03559600000011 GRIFEX 1 99992U 15031.59861111 -.00003597 00000-0 -20054-3 0 00003 2 99992 099.0980 037.3077 0161468 342.2744 151.4119 15.03089438000018 EXOCUBE 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:
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 http://www.ustream.tv/nasaedge
The program will also be carried live on the NASA Education channel http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
A post-launch news conference will be held at 9 am PST (12 pm EST) and carried live on NASA Television http://www.nasa.gov/ntv