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Aussie Cubesats Launched Towards International Space Station

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Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Senator Arthur Sinodinos AO announced that three satellites developed by Australian universities were launched last week to the International Space Station as part of a global atmospheric research project.

Teams from the universities of Adelaide, Sydney, and New South Wales are participating in the QB50 project, which will see a network of Cubesats from more than 20 countries be deployed from the International Space Station.

The satellites will be used to conduct scientific research in the largely unexplored thermosphere, around 400 kilometres above the Earth.

The international project is coordinated by Belgium’s von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics. The Australian Government regulates Australian involvement in satellite launches through the Space Activities Act 1998.

The three Australian satellites were granted Overseas Launch Certificates under the Act, confirming that the planned launch meets safety and other requirements.

The launch to the International Space Station took place last week on an Atlas V launch vehicle from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, United States.

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