CROWDFUNDED SATELLITE MISSION HAS LIFTOFF!
SkyCube is now in orbit! On January 9th, 2014, at 1:07 PM Eastern Standard Time, an Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences Corporation launched successfully from Wallops Island, Virginia, USA, carrying SkyCube and many other satellites to the International Space Station.
Here’s an HD video capture of NASA TV’s launch coverage:
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And now the exciting part: SkyCube is tentatively scheduled to deploy from ISS by early March, 2014. Expecting about 2 – 3 weeks of “shakeout” after deployment, to determine just how well SkyCube is really going to work up there, and just how many pictures and tweets it can get out of it.
After that point – late March 2014 – assuming everything goes as well as it did on the liftoff Technica will be able to tweet from space via SkyCube.
Watch this blog space for more details.