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Cygnus CRS Orb-2, also known as Orbital Sciences CRS Flight 2, is the third flight of the Orbital Sciences’ unmanned resupply spacecraft Cygnus, its third flight to the International Space Station, and the fourth launch of the company’s Antares launch vehicle. The mission launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on July 13, 2014. Read more about Orb-2:

Antenna Pointing System

The GOMX-3 investigation tests a small satellite with an advanced antenna-pointing system and a variety of communications capabilities. The satellite contains three radios, one of which receives beacons from commercial aircraft to improve air traffic monitoring.

Customer: GomSpace
Research: Antenna Pointing System
NanoRacks Facility: Satellite Deployment
Mission Duration: 03/2015 -…

Plant Seed Germination

Lagrange-1 Plant Seed Germination experiment connects students on Earth to the space program by sending their messages to the International Space Station, along with plant seeds that are germinated after being returned home

Customer: Lagrange Corp
Research: Plant Seed Germination
NanoRacks Facility: Internal NanoLab
Mission Duration: 09/2014 – 09/2015
Mission Status: Complete
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Earth Observation – Flock 1b

Planet Labs launches the next installment of the NanoRacks-Planet Labs–Dove series, another fleet of 28 Earth imaging nanosatellites individually known as the “Dove” satellites, and collectively known as “Flock 1b”, to image the changing planet.

Customer Name: Planet Labs
Research: Earth Observation
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat Deployment
Mission Duration: 07/2014 -…

Interactive Earth Imaging

SkyCube is an educational satellite that takes images of the Earth from space by request, sends “tweets” in the form of radio pings, and inflates a balloon to de-orbit itself in a demonstration that could be used to reduce future space debris.

Customer: Southern Stars Group
Research: Interactive Earth Imaging
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat Deployment
Mission Duration: 09/2014 -…

Microwave Imaging

MIT’s MicroMAS is a small, low-cost CubeSat containing a miniaturized microwave scanner that paves the way for future constellations of similar satellites, gathering more detailed, more frequent images of severe weather that impacts people on Earth.

Customer: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research: Atmospheric Microwave Imaging
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat Deployment

Photon Entangling

GOMX-2 is a Small Photon Entangling Quantum System from GomSpace that demonstrates a working polarization entangled photon source in low earth orbit, known as the Singapore Precision Engineering Quality Services (SPEQS) experiment.

Customer Name: GomSpace
Research: Small Photon Entangling
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat Deployment
Mission Duration: 09/2014 – 03/2015
Mission Status: Deployed…

Graphene Testing

Λ-Sat’s Hellenic Satellite is the first space-based experiment to study how the harsh radiation and vacuum of space affects graphene, a single-layer sheet of carbon atoms important in nanotechnology applications.

Customer: Hellenic Space Initiative
Research: Graphene Testing
NanoRacks Facility: Satellite Deployment
Mission Duration: 03/2014 – 03/2015
Mission Status: Complete
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Microbial Growth

The University of California Comparison of the Growth Rate and DNA Characterization of Microgravity Exposed Microbial Community Samples (MERCCURI) compares how various microbial communities grow on the ground and in microgravity.

Customer: University of California
Research: Microbial Growth
NanoRacks Facility: NanoRacks Plate Reader
Mission Duration: 03/2014 – 09/2014
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Polyurethane Repair Kit

South Houston High School’s Polyurethane Repair Kit for the ISS investigates whether these foams can be used to repair cracks or minor damage on space equipment. The investigation compares the density of foam produced in microgravity with foam produced on Earth.

Customer: South Houston High School
Research: Polyurethane Repair Kit
NanoRacks Facility: Internal NanoLab
Mission Duration…

Global Positioning

LitSat-1 is a technology demonstration representing one of two Lithuanian CubeSats that uses internal gyroscopes, accelerometers, magnetometers, solar sensors and a global positioning receiver to determine the satellite’s orientation.

Customer Name: Space Science and Technology Institute
Research: Global Positioning
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat Deployment
Mission Duration: 09/2013 -…

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