An Orbital Sciences’ Minotaur rocket tonight launched a record 29 satellites into orbit, 28 of which were cubesats.


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An Orbital Sciences’ Minotaur rocket tonight launched a record 29 satellites into orbit, 28 of which were cubesats.

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  • There’s a Depnr launch tomorrow that will launch more.. but beyond just the numerical significance, it will be launching SkySat-1, the first Earth observing satellite for the US company Skybox Imaging. They are one of the perspective customers for Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne.

  • Steve Mackelprang

    Reading this made me wonder about the orbit/s of this group of satellite. Do they move as a group or are they positioned in such a way they move into dispersed orbits? The logistics of keeping track of all of this over time seems problematic to me, but I don’t know enough to really have a feel for the actual mechanics.

    One reads of the increasing amount of debris that is in orbit and while I realize the volumes of space involved are tremendous, releasing whole ” flocks” of birds seems to make things even more complicated.

  • Cubesats are not designed to stay in orbit very long. After a few months their orbits will decade and they will burn up in the atmosphere. Thus, they will not contribute to the space junk problems.

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