Delta 2 lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base's SLC-2.
Exposure: 81 seconds @ f/3.5
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Location: Goleta, California.
Friday morning, at 2:48am, a Delta 2 rocket placed in orbit a payload for the National Polar-orbiting Operations Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP). The payload went into orbit minutes after leaving Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC2) from Vandenberg Air Force.
In addition to the NPP payload, the Delta 2 rocket carried some hitch-hikers into orbit.
Five nano satellites or CubeSats, designed and constructed by students from the University of Michigan, Auburn Univeristy, Montana State University and Utah State University were also placed in orbits. This launch is the third for NASA’s Educational Launch program.
The cubesats can be monitored by ham radio operators as they pass overhead once in orbit. The ELaNa III Cubesats being launched are listed below:
Satellite: AubieSat-1 (Auburn University)
Downlink Freq: 437.475 MHz
Modulation Scheme: Interrupted Continuous Wave (IWC)
Protocol: Morse Code
Baud Rate: 20wpm
Satellite: DICE (Montana State University)
Downlink Freq: 465 MHz
Modulation Scheme: OQPSK
Baud Rate: Modulation data rate 1.5 megabit, Actual Tx bit rate 3.0 megabit
Satellite: RAX-2 (University of Michigan)
Downlink Freq: 437.345 MHz
Modulation Scheme: GMSK
Baud Rate: 9600
Satellite: M-Cubed (1) (University of Michigan)
Downlink Freq: 437.485MHz
EIRP: < 1W
Modulation Scheme: FSK
Baud Rate: 9600
Satellite: Explorer-1[PRIME] Flight Unit 2 (Utah State University)
Downlink Freq: 437.505 MHz
Modulation Scheme: Non-Coherent FSK
Protocol: KISS Custom
Baud Rate: 1200
For additional information about NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit http://go.nasa.gov/CubeSat_initiative
For additional information about the CubeSats, visit:
Explorer-1 [Prime]: http://www.ssel.montana.edu/explorer-1_prime/
The CubeSat launches had two prior failure before this successful orbit placement of the nanosatellites.