International Space Station Research Competition Workshop Video

In this video Mike Johnson of NanoRacks gives an overview of the NanoLab Experiment to the group assembled for the International Space Station Research Competition Workshop Friday, October 5, 2012 at the Florida Solar Energy Center.

Space Florida and NanoRacks have partnered to provide a Competition in which up to 8 Winners will have an opportunity to fly their payloads to the International Space Station (ISS) and have scientific research conducted on board the U.S. National Lab. It is intended that the winning payloads will fly on a SpaceX Falcon 9 inside the Dragon spacecraft, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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ISS Amateur Radio CubeSats Deployed

Kibo Robot Arm CubeSat Deployment

Kibo Robot Arm CubeSat Deployment – Image Credit JAXA

On October 4, 2012 five CubeSats were successfully deployed from the International Space Station (ISS). The first pod containing RAIKO and WE-WISH was deployed at 1437 UT while the second pod containing FITSAT-1, F-1 and TechEdSat deployed at 1544 UT. Pictures can be seen at http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=10804

October 4 was also the 55th anniversary of the launch of the first satellite Sputnik 1. Videos of Sputnik are here.

Four of the CubeSats carry Amateur Radio payloads, they are TechEdSat, F-1, FITSAT-1, and WE-WISH. As of Oct 5, 1015 UT signals had been reported from WE-WISH and FITSAT-1 as well as weak signal reports for TechEdSat.

ISS CubeSat Frequency Chart – Image Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

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TEDxISU “Open Source Space Revolution” Jeff Manber

NanoRacks is involved with the amateur radio F-1 CubeSat due to be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) in September. This video shows NanoRacks CEO Jeff Manber at a TEDx presentation at the International Space University.

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TEDxISU "Open Source Space Revolution" Jeff Manber

NanoRacks is involved with the amateur radio F-1 CubeSat due to be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) in September. This video shows NanoRacks CEO Jeff Manber at a TEDx presentation at the International Space University.

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Hey, kids! Send your stuff into orbit

International Space Station

Wanna do some space science? You no longer have to be a professional researcher, or even a grown-up, to get your experiment into orbit.

MSNBC reports that a new program called DreamUp is offering slots on the International Space Station’s experimental racks to school groups for as little as $15,500 a pop, and you can use credit-card reward points to help cover the cost.

“We are committed to lowering the barriers for entry to space research,” Jeffrey Manber, managing director of NanoRacks, said in a news release announcing the program. “This is a double win. This first-of-its-kind student experiment donation platform will help create a world-class experience for students.”

Read the full MSNBC story at http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/15/12245222-hey-kids-send-your-stuff-into-orbit