Multi-Cubesat Launcher Built by Naval Postgraduate School.

Vidur Kaushish, a student at the Naval Postgraduate School, works on the NPS CubeSat Launcher. (Courtesy NPS website)

Students at the Naval Postgraduate School have developed an auxiliary payload platform that will permit the launch of as many as 24 cubesats at a time. AMSAT News Service reports that the NPS CubeSat Launcher is designed to release satellites one at a time by opening spring-loaded doors at the desired orbital altitude. The first launch, slated to carry 11 cubesats, is planned for this August.


CubeSats at the Naval Postgraduate School

Researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) hope to get one of their own CubeSats into space for the first time on the Operationally Unique Technologies Satellite (OUTSat) mission slated for launch, along with 10 other CubeSats, in August 2012.

At 19:08 into the following video is a segment that covers the two NPS projects that are scheduled to head to space in August of this year. One is a CubeSat, a small satellite destined for Low Earth Orbit, and the other, the NPS CubeSat Launcher or NPSCuL, is the payload platform that will carry it there.

Watch INSIDE NPS April 2012

NPS CubeSat Prepares to See Space By Way of New Payload Platform