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Cubesat program launch on Atlas V rocket

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Cubesat P-Pod Successful Launch aboard Atlas V Rocket

August 30, 2012

Technician inspects ppod before launch

Eleven CubeSats are set to launch aboard an Atlas V rocket with the NROL-36 primary payload from Vandenberg AFB in California. The CubeSat payloads have been provided through NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program and the NRO’s Mission Support Directorate (MSD). The launch window will be announced as it gets closer to launch day. Below is information about each CubeSat including tracking information where available and links to developers’ websites. See Spaceflight Now’s preview story and launch status pages more more information.

The CubeSats are integrated into 8 P-POD deployers which are contained in the NPSCuL built by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). The NPSCuL together with the 8 P-PODs and 11 CubeSats is referred to as the Operationally Unique Technology Satellite (OUTSat), and is attached to the Centaur upper stage’s Aft Bulkhead Carrier (ABC). The assembled OUTSat is shown in the photo below ready for mate to the launch vehicle along with members of the OUTSat team consisting of NPS, Office of Space Launch (OSL), United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Cal Poly, SLO.