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    Posted October 28, 2011 by
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    Delta 2 rocket launch with NPP payload


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     kattmann watched the Delta 2 rocket launch from Goleta, California, and snapped this beautiful long-exposure shot at 2:48 a.m. He has photographed many Delta rocket launches from this spot.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Delta 2 rocket launch carries hitch-hikers

    Friday morning, at 2:48am, a Delta 2 rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base carrying a payload for the National Polar-orbiting Operations Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP).

    In addition to the NPP payload, the Delta 2 rocket carried some hitch-hikers into orbit. Five nano satellites or CubeSats, designed and constructed by students from the University of Michigan, Auburn Univeristy, Montana State University and Utah State University were also placed in orbits. This launch is the third for NASA’s Educational Launch program.

    The cubesats can be monitored by ham radio operators as they pass overhead once in orbit. The ELaNa III Cubesats being launched are listed below:

    Satellite: AubieSat-1 (Auburn  University)
    Downlink Freq: 437.475 MHz
    EIRP: .708W
    Modulation Scheme: Interrupted Continuous Wave (IWC)
    Protocol: Morse Code
    Baud Rate: 20wpm

    Satellite: DICE (Montana State University)
    Downlink Freq: 465 MHz
    EIRP: -4.51dBW
    Modulation Scheme: OQPSK
    Protocol: CCSDS
    Baud Rate: Modulation data rate 1.5 megabit, Actual Tx bit rate 3.0 megabit

    Satellite: RAX-2 (University  of Michigan)
    Downlink Freq: 437.345 MHz
    Modulation Scheme: GMSK
    Baud Rate: 9600

    Satellite: M-Cubed (1) (University  of Michigan)
    Downlink Freq: 437.485MHz
    EIRP: < 1W
    Modulation Scheme: FSK
    Protocol: AX.25
    Baud Rate: 9600

    Satellite: Explorer-1[PRIME] Flight Unit 2 (Utah  State University)
    Downlink Freq: 437.505 MHz
    EIRP: -0.7dBW
    Modulation Scheme: Non-Coherent FSK
    Protocol: KISS Custom
    Baud Rate: 1200

    For additional information about NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program, visit http://go.nasa.gov/CubeSat_initiative

    For additional information about the CubeSats, visit:

    AubieSat-1: http://space.auburn.edu/

    DICE: http://www.sdl.usu.edu/programs/dice

    Explorer-1 [Prime]: http://www.ssel.montana.edu/explorer-1_prime/

    M-Cubed/COVE: http://umcubed.org/

    RAX: http://rax.engin.umich.edu/


    Other launches I've covered can be seen at: http://www.dosgatos.com/au/vafb.htm

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