I. AMSAT-BB on 18 Oct.2016 (C)QB50 Project I understand that Dnepr rocket is out of game or at less delayed due the Ucranian /Russian conflict. So those fligths are delayed. QB50 will make use of three different launch campaign to complete the orbital injection of all the CubeSats. Always aiming at the maximization of the Mission Objectives, the identified launch scenario is structured as follows: QB50-DS, 6 CubeSats launched on a "Dnepr Science Flight" SSO @475km Dnepr Launcher Science Campaign Q3 2016 QB50-ISS, 40 CubeSats deployed from the "ISS" 415km, 51.6deg Deployment from ISS Science Campaign & IOD Q4 2016 QB50-DIOD, 2 IOD CubeSats launched on a second Dnepr, the "Dnepr IOD Flight" SSO @550km Dnepr Launch IOD Q4 2016/Q1 2017 II. QB50 Project on 19 Dec.2016 (C)QB50 Project 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. III. AMSAT-BB on 5 Feb.2017 The first of the QB50 CubeSats that are destined for deployment from the International Space Station are now awaiting their turn to be uplifted to the ISS. In addition to the ISS deployments it is planned that there will be two further batches launched using other vehicles. The exact timing of these events is not yet available but, in advance, here is a fully updated list of all CubeSats involved. Also included are the details of their science experiments and their downlink frequencies and modulation modes. The frequencies have been coordinated by the IARU Frequency Coordination team and, generally, all the spacecraft will use 9k6 data rates on 70cms. QB50 CubeSats List (New) http://www.qb50.eu/ http://upload.qb50.eu/listCubeSat/ http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/70417qb5.xls http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/70417qb5.txt http://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/qb50_details_217.xlsx QB50 CubeSats Scenario and Schedule IV. Atlas-5 on 18 Apr.2017 (C)Space FlightNow 18 Apr 2017 Atlas-5 to ISS Launch window: 1511-1541 GMT Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida Challenger = QBUS-1, US01 Atlantis = QBUS-2, US02 Discovery = QBUS-3, US03 Columbia = QBUS-4, US04 etc.
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