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Australian satellites to deploy from space station today
Wilson Da Silva
Two of Australia’s new satellites will deploy from the International Space Station at 3:25pm (AEST) today. A live feed is available at UNSW ground station, plus telemetry graphics.
The first of Australia’s three new satellites, UNSW-EC0, built by Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) at the University of New South Wales, will be launched from the International Space Station at 3:25pm (AEST) today.
The ACSER team will be watching a live video feed of the deployment from their ground station at UNSW’s Kensington campus. Vision will include video of the deployment ‘cannon’, which will fire the satellites into orbit, as well as orbital trajectory graphics.
The UNSW team will then try to establish contact with the satellite as it passes over Sydney at 4:21pm (AEST) today, in the hope that it was not damaged during launch and is operating as designed.
Msdia Call Details
What: Live deployment of UNSW-EC0 satellite from the International Space Station
When: 3:25pm Thursday, 25 May 2017
At 4:21pm, the UNSW engineers will try to establish contact with the satellite
Where: ACSER Operations Centre, Room 419, Building G17 – Electrical Engineering
Entry via Gate 14, Barker St, Kensington NSW 2052 (Google Maps link here)
At the ground station will be:
* Dr Elias Aboutanios | UNSW-Ec0 Project Leader | 0430 023 047 | email@example.com
* Prof Andrew Dempster | Director of ACSER | 0433 293 734 | firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as many of the students and researchers help build the satellite.
* NASA’s International Space Station stream
* Pictures of previous cubesat deployments (not our satellites)
source: The University of New South Wales