Earth Observation Mission News
Weather-monitoring and tech demo CubeSats deployed in orbit
21 July 2018
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