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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 ... Tomorrow?

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We've been through this before, but it looks like Orbital is going to launch the Antares/Cygnus vehicle carrying SkyCube imminently - perhaps tomorrow!

The extremely cold weather on the USA's east coast is still a concern, so Thursday Jan 9th is also a possible date.  In both cases, this will be a daytime launch, taking place around 1:30 PM Eastern Standard Time.

The best way to stay informed about the launch is to regularly check Orbital's web site:

http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/Orb-1/MissionUpdate/index.shtml

If you won't be there to watch in person, you can catch it on NASA TV's UStream HD channel:

http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

We'll be waiting ... and watching too.  Fingers crossed.

-Tim, Scott, Rouslan, Mark, Kevin, Robert / Team SkyCube

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Comments

    1. Chris Heier on January 9, 2014

      This is awesome! I can't wait to hear about it being received by ISS. I'm excited... :)

    2. Seeker on January 9, 2014

      We watched! Space

    3. Marc Binder on January 9, 2014

      Spaaaaaaace! im in Spaaace! That was a beautiful launch

    4. Marc Mackin on January 9, 2014

      Woot, it's in space!

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      K.Shinzawa on January 9, 2014

      The smooth launch, congratulations.
      I have seen on NASA TV.

    6. Seeker on January 8, 2014

      "high level of space radiation" - still waiting . . .

    7. Kevin Makice on January 8, 2014

      Got my third snowday, but I see news that the Antares launch has been scrubbed due to solar activity.

    8. Seeker on January 8, 2014

      We bought popcorn and wait. Go Go SkyCube! :)

    9. Alison B. Lowndes on January 7, 2014

      Hopefully its tomorrow, Wednesday, you've all been so so patient! I'd better go read up on how its all going to play out after launch ..... so excited for you all regardless xxx

    10. Charlie on January 7, 2014

      "God Speed, SkyCube!"

    11. Kevin Makice on January 7, 2014

      Bummer. I was hoping to watch this with my kids, but they will need a third straight snow day to make it possible. Will be happy when the Cube clears the atmosphere, though.