QB50-ISS ready to be launched

QB50-ISS CubeSats ready to be launched

By Davide Masutti

 

Brussels, Belgium – Two weeks ago the launch preparation activities managed by VKI/ISIS/NanoRacks were successfully concluded at Innovative Solutions In Space B.V. facilities. Twenty-eight (28) CubeSats of the QB50 constellation were integrated into eleven (11) NanoRacks 6U deployers. After a formal handover of the hardware to NanoRacks LLC, the CubeSats and the deployers were shipped to NanoRacks’s facilities in Houston (US). Today the hardware has been cleared out at the US customs and then it will be transported to the cleanroom of NanoRacks. In a window of time between Dec 19th 2016 to Jan 9th 2017 all deployers will be finally delivered to Lockheed Martin which is responsible for the Cargo Mission Contract (CMC).

From there on, Lockheed Martin will be in charge of loading the deployers into the Cygnus CRS OA-7 Cargo for a launch atop an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral SLC-40 on March 16th 2017 (date/time to be confirmed).

 

Additional CubeSats for the ISS

Additional three (3) CubeSats are making their way to Houston following different routes from Russia, India and California. These CubeSats will be then integrated into a single deployer directly by NanoRacks in their facilities.

 

When the CubeSats will be deployed into space?

The configuration of the deployment from the ISS has been defined during the integration campaign. The CubeSats will be deployed from the ISS into two consecutive airlock cycles separated by 60 days (exact dates to be confirmed by NASA according to the ISS crew schedule). The configuration of the deployment sequence with the correspondent sensor unit is given in the table below.

 

 

CubeSat ID

Size

Deployer

Airlock 1

Airlock 2

AU01

2U

D7

INMS

 

AU02

2U

D1

 

INMS

AU03

2U

D9

mNLP

 

AZ01

2U

D10

FIPEX

 

AZ02

2U

D6

 

FIPEX

CA03

3U

D12

 

mNLP

CN02 (BE02)

2U

D6

 

INMS

CN03 (BE03)

2U

D1

 

FIPEX

CN04 (BE04)

2U

D2

INMS

 

DE02

2U

D3

FIPEX

 

ES01

2U

D7

INMS

 

FI01

2U

D7

mNLP

 

FR01

2U

D4

FIPEX

 

FR05

2U

D5

FIPEX

 

GR01

2U

D6

 

mNLP

GR02

2U

D5

mNLP

 

IL01

2U

D5

mNLP

 

IN01

2U

D16

FIPEX

 

KR01

2U

D10

INMS

 

KR02

2U

D9

FIPEX

 

KR03

2U

D11

 

FIPEX

RU01

2U

D16

FIPEX

 

SE01

2U

D4

FIPEX

 

TR01

2U

D2

mNLP

 

TR02

2U

D3

mNLP

 

TW01

2U

D4

INMS

 

UA01

2U

D9

FIPEX

 

US01

2U

D1

 

INMS

US02

2U

D2

FIPEX

 

US03

2U

D16

INMS

 

US04

2U

D3

FIPEX

 

         
 

no. INMS

 

6

3

 

no. FIPEX

 

11

3

 

no. mNLP

 

6

2

 

Total

 

23

8

 

 

Contact

To learn more about the launch campaign and the next steps, please contact

 

Dr. Davide Masutti, QB50 Project Manager

Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

Chaussée de Waterloo, 72

B-1640 Rhode-Saint-Genése, Belgium

Office: +32-2-359-9658

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