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Tiny Satellite Built At Central Coast University Part Of NASA Orbital Mission

A CubeSat built at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is part of an orbital mission taking off from Vandenberg Air Force Base Saturday

Final preparations are underway for the launch of a NASA satellite from Santa Barbara County this weekend, a mission which also includes a tiny satellite from a Central Coast university.

Plans call for a Delta II Rocket to carry NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base Saturday morning. The launch window is from 5:46 to 7:26 a.m. The NASA satellite is intended to help us learn more about things like climate change, and global vegetation. The payload also includes a tiny CubeSat built at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

The CubeSat is the size of a softball, and contains an experiment intended to see if dampers can be added to prevent vibrations which can affect science experiments.

It’s Cal Poly’s 13th CubeSat. The mission marks the final flight of a Delta II rocket, which have been used for more than 150 flights including some Mars missions.