Australian satellites to deploy from space station today

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.

Cubesat full

CubeSats are tiny, fully-functional satellites. Image credit: Clyde Space/NASA

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.


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:

As well as many of the students and researchers help build the satellite.