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October 28, 2011

Successful launch of NPP/DELTA-II with cubesats

Friday, October 28th, 2011 by DK3WN

09:48 UTC Liftoff the Delta 2 with NPP – the world’s next-generation weather watcher heads to space
10:47 UTC NPP spacecraft has been released from the Delta 2 rocket’s second stage

11:26 UTC Confirmed deployment of P-POD-1 with AubieSat-1, Explorer-1 Prime and M-Cubed/COVE
11:28 UTC Confirmed deployment of P-POD-2 with RAX-2
11:30 UTC Confirmed deployment of P-POD-3. This P-POD contains the two-satellite DICE CubeSats (downlink at 465 MHz)




AubieSat 1 was made by Auburn University undergraduate students to study radio wave propagation through the ionosphere and test
protective films for solar panels.
Explorer 1 (Prime) Unit 2 from Montana State University also plans to probe space weather by monitoring trapped electrons in the horns of the radiation belts. It is named for America’s first satellite in space.
M-Cubed — the Michigan Multipurpose Minisat — comes from the University of Michigan to image the Earth and demonstrate the craft’s design for use by future projects.
The Radio Aurora Explorer 2, also from the University of Michigan, will study the microphysics that lead to plasma conditions that disrupt satellite communications.
The DICE (Dynamic Ionosphere CubeSat Experiment) will obtain electric field and electron density measurements for space weather research. The mission partners include Utah State, Clemson, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Atmospheric and Space Technology Research Associates.

AubieSat-1
1 99994U 00000 11301.47661542 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0004
2 99994 101.6484 233.3593 0253027 295.2632 199.6027 14.79026571000008
E1P-U2
1 99995U 00000 11301.47661542 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0005
2 99995 101.6483 233.3593 0252986 295.2628 199.6029 14.79017909000003
M-Cubed
1 99996U 00000 11301.47661542 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0006
2 99996 101.6483 233.3593 0252943 295.2624 199.6032 14.79009197000007
RAX-2
1 99997U 00000 11301.47777282 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0006
2 99997 101.6434 233.3640 0249216 295.6962 205.2960 14.78420752000002
DICE-F
1 99998U 00000 11301.47893023 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0009
2 99998 101.6485 233.3603 0247816 295.0284 212.1452 14.77853717000006
DICE-Y
1 99999U 00000 11301.47893023 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0000
2 99999 101.6484 233.3604 0247744 295.0246 212.1487 14.77838475000007
/EX

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