Launch of NROL-55 spysat

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    It's thought that these are a pair of NOSS satellites.
     
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    ULA's National Reconnaissance Office Launch 55 art.

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    And on the payload capsule itself:

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    NROLs typically see non-military/spy payloads launched in conjunction with the main "item". 13 cubesats were also part of NROL-55:

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    The 13 cubesats to be launched on NRO 55 are mounted in a GRACE carrier on aft end of the Centaur upper stage. Photo Credit: AMSAT

    The NRO CubeSats are:

    – AeroCube-5C and AeroCube-7: Developed by the Aerospace Corp., these two 3 lb. satellites will demonstrate tracking technologies, optical communications and laser communications.

    – SNaP-3: Developed by the Army Space and Missile Defense Center involves three CubeSats each nearly 10 lb. in mass. They are to develop user-software defined radios to provide line of sight communications for disadvantage users in remote areas.

    – PropCube: Developed by Tyvak Nano Satellite Systems LLC, the two 2 lb. CubeSats will perform dual frequency ionospheric calibration measurements.

    – SINOD-D: Developed by the Southwest Research Institute, the two 4.5 lb. CubeSats will demonstrate software defined radio communications.

    The NASA sponsored CubeSats are:

    – ARC-1: The 2.2 lb. Alaska Research CubeSat-1, developed by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, will measure its own thermal and vibration environment during launch and also increase the technology readiness level on its attitude control determination system, as well as its high bandwidth communications system.

    – BisonSat: Under development for 4 yrs. at Montana’s Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Indian Reservation, the 2.2 lb. satellite has been training students on the design, construction, test and operation of space hardware by using a specially designed camera to calculate land cover classification, cloud cover, and cloud height measurements.

    – AMSAT Fox-1: Developed by the AMSAT Corp., the 2.2 lb. satellite has an FM amateur radio voice repeater that will provide easy portable satellite communications opportunities for amateur radio operators world wide. The satellite will also test a micro electro mechanical (MEMS) gyro and a low energy proton experiment.

    – LMRST-Sat: Developed by Jet Propulsion Laboratory the 6.6 lb. Low Mass Radio Transponder Satellite will demonstrate the transponder in Earth orbit to raise its technology readiness level.
     
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    NROL-55 launch

    * source of photos http://www.americaspace.com/?p=87156

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    Two Ocean Surveillance Satellites and 13 (9) NRO and (4) NASA CubeSats were included in the launch:

    AmericaSpace described each of the CubeSats in our NRO-55 preflight story Oct. 7, but CubeSat managers cited key aspects of the tiny satellites less than 24 hours before launch.

    They said release of the individual CubeSats will be staggered and that all of the 13 will not transmit until at least 45 minutes after deployment. NRO-55 classification rules prevented the managers from discussing any details in the deployment plan.

    Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for Space Technology at NASA Headquarters said, “the ultimate goal of the major NASA and NRO CubeSat projects are to spawn a paradigm shift in spacecraft operations.” One example is how a CubeSat developed within NASA funding will evaluate the ability to point a small satellite accurately as it demonstrates data transfer by laser at rates of up to 200 Mb/s — a factor of 100 increase over current high-end CubeSat communications systems.

    The other NASA-sponsored CubeSats will test new small satellite control and communications systems, Earth observations, amateur mradio communications and an X-Band radio science transponder.

    * source http://www.americaspace.com/?p=87156
     
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