Image: Space station deploys Cubesats

Image: Cubesats Released From Space Station
Credit: NASA

Three nanosatellites, known as Cubesats, are deployed from a Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD) attached to the Kibo laboratory's robotic arm at 7:10 a.m. (EST) on Nov. 19, 2013.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, Expedition 38 flight engineer, monitored the satellite deployment while operating the Japanese robotic arm from inside Kibo.

The Cubesats were delivered to the International Space Station Aug. 9, aboard Japan's fourth H-II Transfer Vehicle, Kounotori-4.


Explore further

Image: Arcing towards orbit

Provided by NASA Image of the Day
Citation: Image: Space station deploys Cubesats (2013, November 25) retrieved 18 October 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-image-space-station-deploys-cubesats.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Nov 25, 2013
If that doesn't look like a scenen from Moonraker I don't know...

But it ties in with another story on the frontpage: capture and reuse of satellites.
As satellites get progressively smaller the amount of material one could get back from capturing one will make it less and less worth it. (Refueling to extend missions may be a different issue, though).

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more