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A nano-satellite that lets you take Earth images and "tweet" from space, then inflates a visible balloon, and de-orbits cleanly.
A nano-satellite that lets you take Earth images and "tweet" from space, then inflates a visible balloon, and de-orbits cleanly.
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Launch in January

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Team,

It's been a very strange day.  When we got up this morning, we read that Orbital rolled the Antares launch vehicle out to the pad in anticipation of a Thursday night launch.  We boarded out flights to Norfolk, Virginia - and made it as far as Chicago - when we got the news that NASA has officially moved the launch to January, 2014.

Here are details on Orbital's web site:
http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/Orb-1/MissionUpdate/index.shtml

Here's the New York Times coverage:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/us/spacewalks-set-to-fix-broken-space-station-pump.html?ref=us&_r=0

We're all back home now, after a day of flying in a very big circle.  We wish our astronauts on board the ISS the best of luck on their upcoming spacewalks to repair the problem that led to today's delay.  We're disappointed that our launch will take longer, but human safety comes first.

And we wish all of you the warmest, most enjoyable holiday season you can possibly have.  Best wishes,

-Tim, Scott, Rouslan, Mark, Robert, and the rest of Team SkyCube

Comments

    1. Michael Bazzoni on December 18, 2013

      We could have had a holiday party in Chicago, for supporters that live nearby like me. In all seriousness, I agree with your statement about the ISS. There are NASA delays all the time, but when it is a human safety issue that is the priority. Hope you and the team have a happy holiday break and look forward to hearing more in January!

    2. Alison B. Lowndes on December 18, 2013

      Gutted for you all and that we won't get to Space just yet. Wish you could piggyback ESA's GAIA launch instead! Also wishing the safest of spacewalking to the astronauts x

    3. Mauricio Fonseca Beltran on December 18, 2013

      The news is not good but let's wait...

    4. Thomas Eldredge on December 18, 2013

      "We're disappointed that our launch will take longer, but human safety comes first."

      I'm disappointed too but you're absolutely right. Thanks for the update!

      Go SkyCube and SkyCube Team!