Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


RAX CubeSat Launch Announcement

Posted: November 18, 2010

UPDATE (11/20/10): RAX has been deployed successfully into orbit! Full story at RAX website

UPDATE (11/19/10): RAX’s ride to space, STP-S26, has been officially cleared for a Friday launch. The 90-minute launch window starts at 8:24 p.m. EST. The weather forecast looks good as well. Full story at RAX website

RAX CubeSat Launch Announcement

This is a formal launch announcement for the NSF-sponsored Radio Aurora Explorer (RAX) CubeSat, a nanosatellite built in collaboration between the University of Michigan and SRI International to study space weather.

RAX is scheduled for launch on the Space Test Program's STP-S26 rocket this Friday, November 19th at 5:24 PM Pacific / 8:24 PM Eastern time from the Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska. They invite you to follow the launch on their website at The website will have LIVE launch coverage from Kodiak and a live blog so that you'll get the latest news as it happens. The website also has information on their science mission, spacecraft design, and the RAX team as well as tracking and beacon decoding software for amateur radio stations, supporter acknowledgments, and much more.

RAX in the News

RAX Mission featured on Fox News in Detroit. Click for full story.

RAX Mission feature story for the Detroit Free Press.

RAX Mission information

Please help us increase public support for their mission by sharing this information with other parties interested in spaceflight, science, and engineering! They also invite you to follow them on their Facebook and Twitter pages (listed on the website), and encourage you to suggest the pages to your friends, family, and colleagues.

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