-On September 13, 2012 between 2045-2315 UT an Atlas V rocket is
planned to launch a combination of 11 satellites from Vandenberg Air
Force Base in California for the US Government and NASA ELaNa university
The primary mission will launch a pair of US Navy Ocean Surveillance
Satellites (NOSS). These satellites carry equipment to track ships and
aircraft by triangulation of radio transmissions. The two NOSS
satellites have a combined weight of 6500 kg. They will separate a few
days after being placed into a 1100 km circular orbit at 63°
This is the first Atlas V launch with modified helium tanks in the
Centaur upper stage. The change has created room in the aft skirt to
accommodate 8 P-POD dispensers for CubeSats. This launch carries 11
CubeSats, to be released into 470 x 770 km, 63° orbit about 3 hours
after launch and following maneuvers by the Centaur upper stage.
NASA ELaNa Launch and Deployment
3 P-Pods will carry 4 CubeSats as the NASA sponsored “ELaNa VI” cluster:
(1) CINEMA (CubeSat for Ion, Neutral, Electron, Magnetic fields)
Cinema – Berkeley Space Physics Research Group image
First in a trio of identical nano-satellites studying Space Weather
effects in near-Earth space, 3U CubeSat from University of California at
Uplink uses a serial connection with a data rate of 9600 bps.
Downlinks for engineering telemetry and command are in the 2400-2450 MHz range; Science telemetry is in 2200-2300 MHz range.
1 Mbps data rate, Reed-Solomon encoded bit stream.
(2) CSSWE (Colorado Student Space Weather Experiment)
3U CubeSat designed and developed by students at the University of
Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder). The objective of the science mission
is to address fundamental questions pertaining to the relationship
between solar flares and energetic particles.
Downlink 437.345 MHz, 9k6 with AX25
(3) CP5 (PolySat)
CP5 CubeSat – CalPoly
California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo mission
with De-Orbiting Experiment Using A Deployed Thin-Film Mechanism.
Downlink 437.405 MHz at 1 watt, AFSK on LSB AX.25 over NRZI at 1200 bps, every 2 minutes, begins 3.5 hours after first turn-on
(4) CXBN (Cosmic X-Ray Background Nanosatellite)
Morehead State University mission to map the entire sky in the X-ray
spectrum using high energy cosmic background radiation measurements in
the 30-50 keV range. 2U CubeSat.
Downlink 437.525 MHz, GFSK, AX.25
US Government Payloads
5 P-PODs will carry 7 US Government payloads (list subject to confirmation):
Aeneas – University of Southern California
Department of Homeland Security satellite technology demonstration
program to track cargo containers worldwide, 3U CubeSat built by the
University of Southern California. Proof of concept mission to prove the
concept of WiFi based tag tracking from Low Earth Orbit.
First CubeSat to deploy 2.4 GHz Dish Antenna. WiFi transmitter will transmit on 2425.0 MHz with 1 watt of output power.
Downlink 437.600 MHz AX25 1200 bps beacon every 10 second and a spread spectrum two-way link elsewhere in the 70cm band.
(2) ORSES (ORS Enabler Satellite)
Operationally Responsive Space office, 3U CubeSat for the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command.
One of a satellite pair (with Re) has optical sensors to detect orbiting
payloads and debris for orbit measurement, 3U CubeSat from Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory.
Second satellite of a pair (with Horus) has optical sensors to detect
orbiting payloads and debris for orbit measurement, 3U CubeSat from
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
(5, 6, 7) Aerocube 4A, 4B, 4C
Built and operated by the Aerospace Corporation for technical research.
Source AMSAT News Service ANS
Gunters Space Page 2012 http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_chr/lau2012.htm
The CubeSat IRC chat channel
is the place to be on launch day. Join the CubeSat IRC chat channel
to pass on their news and comments in realtime. You may need an IRC client such as ChatZilla for Firefox
to join the cubesat chat. Use the irc.freenode.net server. Then join
the #cubesat channel. Many users set their chat nickname to
Live coverage by ULA http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Multimedia_Webcast.shtml
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