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Deploying Cubesats from the Station

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Space Station Live: Deploying Cubesats from the Station

NASA PAO Officer Amiko Kauderer talks to Michael Johnson, NanoRacks Chief Technology Officer, about the installation of the CubeSat deployer in the Japanese Experiment Module Airlock. The installation work is in preparation for the upcoming deployment of several tiny satellites.

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Didn't know they made satellites that small, thanks for video.

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Crew Gets Ready to Deploy Cubesats, Trains for SPHERES Satellite Research

The six-member Expedition 38 crew is working with a set of tiny external satellites and internal satellites. They are also cleaning lab facilities and removing cargo from a new Russian cargo craft.

Mission controllers are preparing to deploy several Cubesats from outside the Kibo laboratory module. However, they are watching an upcoming Global Precipitation Management satellite launch from Tanegashima, Japan, to ensure the launch does not interfere with Cubesat deployment activities.

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Cubesat Deployment and SPHERES Work Highlight Tuesday’s Activities

The Expedition 38 crew kicked off more tiny satellite work both inside and outside of the International Space Station. The six station residents also conducted medical work and cargo transfers.

The first pair of NanoRacks Cubesats deployed early Tuesday from outside the Kibo laboratory with another pair following a few hours later. More deployments are scheduled through Wednesday morning. The Cubesats program contains a variety of experiments such as Earth observations and advanced electronics testing.

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CubeSat Work Proceeds as Crew Landing Moves Up a Day

Expedition 38 continued more CubeSat deployments Wednesday morning as the six station residents worked ongoing science and maintenance. Meanwhile, an upcoming landing for a space station trio has moved up one day due to predicted heavy snow at the Kazakhstan landing site.

A pair of CubeSats was deployed from the outside of the Kibo laboratory for a second day. However, there were some glitches preventing the deployment of other CubeSats. Japanese flight controllers and U.S. payload controllers are looking at the issue. No decision has been made for rescheduling those deployments.

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CubeSat Deployments Continue While Cygnus Preps for Departure

A pair of CubeSats has been deployed from the Kibo laboratory’s robotic arm with more deployments planned. Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus commercial cargo craft is nearing the end of its stay at the International Space Station.

The NanoRacks Launcher attached to the end of the Japanese robotic arm released two more CubeSats early Thursday after the crew took photographs of the deployer mechanism. On Wednesday, the device failed to deploy a set of CubeSats causing Japanese and U.S. controllers to review the status of further deployments.

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Space Station Live: NanoRacks Makes Space for CubeSats

NASA Public Affairs Officer Lori Meggs talks with Rob Alexander, operations manger for NanoRacks. Small, relatively inexpensive satellites referred to as CubeSats will provide a variety of technology demonstrations on the International Space Station using NanoRacks.

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CubeSats Deployment Begins, More Life Science Work on Station

Expedition 38 began the week’s first deployment of micro-satellites Tuesday morning. The crew also moved ahead with more life science work and an array of station maintenance.

Flight controllers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency maneuvered the Kibo laboratory’s robotic arm into position Tuesday. Attached to the arm is the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform which is carrying the NanoRacks CubeSats. Tuesday’s first deployment took place at noon. More deployments are scheduled through Friday.

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CubeSat Deployments, Radiation Checks and Departure Preps For Crew

More micro-satellites were being released into space Tuesday as part of this week's round of NanoRacks CubeSat deployments. The six-member Expedition 38 crew also worked on more life sciences experiments observing how the human body adapts to long-term microgravity.

The Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform, in the grasp of the Japanese robotic arm outside the Kibo laboratory, released more NanoRacks CubeSats Tuesday. The tiny satellites, about four inches tall, are providing researchers opportunities for Earth observations.

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Final CubeSats Deployed, Expedition 38 Preps for Undocking

The International Space Station completed this week’s deployment of the NanoRacks CubeSats. The six-member Expedition 38 crew also worked on various science activities and prepared for a March 10 Soyuz undocking.

The final set of CubeSats, used for Earth observations, were released from the Kibo laboratory’s Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) Friday at 2:30 a.m. EST. Japanese flight controllers then guided the Japanese robotic arm to place the MPEP back inside Kibo’s airlock. The airlock was then repressurized wrapping up the micro-satellite deployment activities.

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It’s a March of the CubeSats as Space Station Deployment Continues

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a CubeSat! With so many small, relatively inexpensive satellites deploying lately from the International Space Station, it may seem like the area referred to as low-Earth orbit, between 100 and 1,240 miles above the planet, is full of these compact cubes. The miniature satellites, or CubeSats, conduct research and demonstration missions.

In the span of several weeks, 33 new CubeSats deployed from the space station. The NanoRacks Smallsat Deployment Program provides commercial access to space, via the space station, for CubeSats to perform Earth and deep space observation. The 28 Dove satellites that make up Planet Labs Flock 1 constellation began deploying in early February. Additional NanoRacks CubeSats released this week. These various CubeSats are conducting Earth observation missions, testing technologies and even tweeting from space!

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