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Weather-monitoring and tech demo CubeSats deployed in orbit

21 July 2018

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Fifteen CubeSats owned by NASA, Spire Global, and U.S. research institutions launched aboard a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship in May have been released into orbit, beginning missions to demonstrate miniaturized, low-cost Earth science instruments and join a commercial network of weather-monitoring nanosatellites.

Nine of the satellites were released 13 July from a NanoRacks deployer outside the International Space Station, and six more sprung out of a NanoRacks carrier module mounted to the exterior of the Cygnus supply ship 15 July, hours after the automated freighter departed the station.

Source: Spaceflight Now

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech - Artist's illustration of the RainCube spacecraft released from the International Space Station

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