We will be sending out some holiday cheer to our good friends this year🎄💌All cards are hand written by our soon-to-be space doctor @merilix who happened to have the best handwriting 📝 So the myth that doctors have bad handwriting is totally busted.
Rocket Lab's Electron rocket is set to launch 10 Cubesats to orbit. This is part of
NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program. The huge difference and what makes today's launch unique is that this #ELaNa mission will have a launch completely dedicated to CubeSats rather than having the small satellites ride along with a much larger spacecraft that is the primary mission. This will lead to lower cost of space based research and commercial missions if successful. Which means more space exploration for us SPACE ENTHUSIASTS. 🌌
Photo Credit Rocket Lab "With a worsening weather system on the way, Rocket Lab is now targeting no earlier than 0400 UTC, Sunday 16 December for the #ELaNa19 launch on Electron. We'll let the weather clear completely to give us a solid green window. #GoHomeThor 🌩️" Let's hope the Space Foce is strong to help these pioneers launch successfully! 🚀
We are in the early commissioning phase of the mission and things are progressing as planned.
In the meantime, we wanted to share this tool to visualize SeaHawk-1's real time track along its orbit: https://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi/whereis_seahawk
#uncw#seahawkcubesat#seahawk1#cubesat#oceancolor#satellite @uncwcms @clydespace @nasaocean @moorefound @ncspacegrant
We are so excited for West Virginia’s first spacecraft, STF-1, to launch on 12/12/2018 at 11pm EST from the Rocket Lab launch pad in New Zealand! This is the IV&V team that made it all happen. This was taken before the satellite, pictured with them, was packed up and shipped off to Huntington Beach, CA. The launch countdown begins! #stf1#cubesat#NASA#WV#spacecraft
Our ground station in Glasgow, Scotland, confirms successful communication with SeaHawk-1 in orbit (December 4th at 12:12 UTC/5:12 EST). The international SOCON team shared this exciting moment through a video conference call: Thumbs up!
@clydespace @nasaocean @spacex @moorefound @uncwcms @ncspacegrant #uncw#seahawk1#cubesat#seahawkcubesat#oceancolor#satellite
One of our current Psych BA students, Annabelle Grant, is studying in Whitehorse for the year and has won the Yukon CubeSat idea contest. "Her idea for the micro-satellite payload is to have it track solid waste in oceans through photographs from low earth orbit...As the contest winner, Grant’s name will be featured on the 10cm x 10cm x 20cm satellite due to be launched into orbit in 2020." As winner, Annabelle also had the opportunity to meet with the Governor General, whom was previously an astronaut! 👨🚀
Congratulations Annabelle from all of us back here at Brock!
Your reaction after you present your Mission Concept Review to a bunch of SES’s. I have loved every minute of the last year serving as the Principal Investigator for this little baby satellite I’m holding. Had no idea something with a 3000 cm volume could give me such large heart attacks. #SmallSat#CubeSat#Aerospace
@spacex Falcon 9 launch on Dec 3 was successful! Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express carried 64 small satellites that will focus on technology demonstrations for scientific research, the first dedicated rideshare mission. One of the satellites aboard, SeaHawk-1, has a unique and specific purpose – to monitor the changing colors of our ocean. SeaHawk is about the size of a toaster, and is equipped with a powerful color-sensing technology that will take images of the ocean, along with other bodies of water such as large lakes, rivers, estuaries and other near-shore environments, where pollutants are often most acute and where there are safety and commercial considerations. The vision for SeaHawk came from a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, led by John M. Morrison. With foundation funding of $2.4 million, the team designed, developed and deployed SeaHawk in just one year.
This is our golden spot! This is the place where ideas come to life and where ideas are exchanged. Whenever we grab a cup of coffee, we always chat with each other. These chats lead to great ideas whether it’s ideas concerning satellites, technologies or something different! We enjoy sharing our ideas, and that is how we help each other achieve the best results.
Our engineer Hessel Gorter (Clyde Space) is on site eagerly awaiting the launch of SeaHawk-1 into orbit. He took this selfie on Saturday night (yes, scientists do that too!)
@clydespace @spacex #uncw#cubesat#seahawkcubesat#satellite#spacex
Humans of Sudoe: 🛰️🚀Conquering the #space . This month, discover the testimony of Alejandro Cano & David Tomás Gaitán, both users of @nanostarproject @universidadcarlosiiidemadrid #nanosat#cubesat @davidtomas12 @_alex_cs
Wall-E and Eva are the nicknames affectionately given to the little two CubeSats that accompanied Mars Insight on its mission to the Red Planet. One of them is shown here, being prepared by Joel Steinkraus, the MarCO lead mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Officially named MarCO-A and MarCO-B, these tiny companions performed beautifully, helping relay data back to Earth over the course of the landing in addition to taking unique snapshots from their own onboard cameras. They also proved that CubeSats are tough and powerful enough to survive a mission far from Earth, a boon to future missions... especially those involving asteroids. Corey Powell explains why in his newest entry on the Out There blog, “It’s a Small Solar System After All” — find it at discovermagazine.com (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Tyvak/Cal Poly SLO)
#astronomy#mars#marsinsight#wall -e #solarsystem#spaceexploration#satellites#cubesat#nasa#jpl#outthere#engineering#asteroids#rocketscience#smallbutmighty#inthelab#scienceforthecurious
On November 29th 2018, a PSLV rocket successfully launched and injected our little spacecraft🛰 into its target orbit, 500km above the Earth surface! From now on, the Nanosat Lab team will work to to track and command 3Cat-1 though out its mission, and ultimately, download an image taken the camera installed in the spacecraft! .
On Monday, the pair of Mars Cube One (MarCO) cubesats successfully relayed telemetry for the InSight Mars lander. They were the first ever interplanetary cubesats. MarCO-B snapped this picture during the flyby. I wrote software while at Blue Canyon Technologies for a product called XACT which is the "attitude determination and control system" used by MarCO. It's a neat feeling that I worked on a project that flew past Mars and will remain in orbit forever. #marcocubesat#cubesat#bluecanyontech#insightmarslander
Meet some of our lab members: graduate students Joe Brown and Matt Chmelewsky with Dr. Sara Rivero-Calle at UNCW's Satellite Oceanography Lab. Joe is holding a 3D printed model (to scale) of the Seahawk CubeSat.
SeaHawk-1 will orbit around the Earth 15 times per day!. This is an example of a day in the life of Seahawk-1 and our scheduling tool. Once the commissioning phase is complete, we will be accepting requests for image acquisition. You will use this tool to look for the orbit that will cover your area of interest. #uncw#seahawkcubesat#oceancolor#cubesat#satellite
The NASA JPL InSight lander has spent its first work week on Mars, but have you heard about MarCO? The launch vehicle that propelled the Insight into space also carried the two first CubeSats ever to head to Mars: Mars Cube One, or MarCO.
Dr. Andy Klesh and Dr. Anne Marinan, both UM aerospace engineering graduates are chief engineer and lead systems engineer (respectively) of the MarCO mission, which could potentially mark the beginning of a new communication era on Earth. Dr. Eric Gustafson, Vidur Kaushish, and Charlie Lacy are all former UM aerospace students who also contributed to MarCO.
Congratulations to our alumni, Professor Jamie Cutler, and the Michigan eXploration Lab (MXL) on the successful launch! #nasa#nasajpl#goblue#cubesat#mars#umich#umichengineering#mgoblue
Photo credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls
From left to right Prof. Morrison (UNCW, lead P.I.), Gene C. Feldman (NASA), Alan Holmes (Cloud LAnd Instruments) with a prototype of the Seahawk CubeSat (without the deployable solar panels) to show the size of it is comparable to a loaf of bread! 10 x 10 x 30 cm #cubesat#uncw#seahawkcubesat#oceancolor