NROL-39 / GEMSat CubeSat Launch December 6

NROL-39 Mission Patch

NROL-39 Mission Patch

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket is set to launch from Space Launch Complex 3-East, or SLC-3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base on California’s Central Coast. As well as a classified satellite for the US spy satellite agency the National Reconnaissance Office it will carry 12 CubeSats four of which will have amateur radio payloads. Justin Foley KI6EPH writes:

We are pleased to announce the launch of 12 CubeSats, currently scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2013 at 0713 UT from Vandenberg AFB in California, USA. Several of the CubeSats are carrying beacons in the amateur frequencies and we invite all who are able to track to participate.

For more information please keep an eye on and

As usual we will be using the #cubesat IRC channel to coordinate object identification.

Best regards,

Justin Foley KI6EPH

CubeSats on the Atlas V GEMSat Launch 2013

Follow the launch day chat on the #cubesat IRC channel see