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Cubes in Space
An international educational program for school children that teaches them how to design STEM experiments for launch into space.
An international educational program for school children that teaches them how to design STEM experiments for launch into space.
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There are operations happening at Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility! Don't know if it is WASP or Superbit. But WASP was to try for an afternoon launch. Will get confirmation later.
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LAUNCH UPDATE: Research Balloon-3 (RB-3) has a good chance of launching this week. The NASA WASP mission team has flown back out to Ft. Sumner, New Mexico from NASA Wallops Flight Facility. The launch window is from October 11-15, 2017. October 15 is the last day any balloon missions can launch. We will call in to the Weather Briefing today at 15:30 EDT and will provide another update later this afternoon. Fingers crossed everyone!!!
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@Cubesinspace #RB3 Update: The weather is finally improving at the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Ft. Sumner #NewMexico. There are 4 science flights ahead of us in the queue. Sometimes they launch more than one balloon mission in a day. So fingers crossed we get to launch soon!
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@CubesInSpace was proud to fly #InvictusGames2017 wrist band & pin on NASA rocket this June 4 #lockheedmartin. #PrinceHarry #InvictusGames
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@CubesinSpace #RB-3 UPDATE - Well folks, we are still in a holding pattern. There still at least 3 science missions that must launch before the mission on which we are a secondary payload - NASA WASP. We know that it is frustrating to wait this long. At least we get to wait in the comfort of our own homes. The scientists and engineers working on the science missions that are in the queue to launch have been in #NewMexico for weeks!

RB-1 and RB-2 launched 4-5 weeks later than the original launch date that was given. The launch window for balloon flights can be 4-6 weeks instead of just 1-2 days like the rocket launches. Please keep checking back for updates.
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@CubesInSpace so very proud of Daniel Gastelu's students from Barros Blancos #Uruguay. Congrats and thank you for your presentation at the Feria Departamental de Ciencias en Canelones. #STEM #STEAM #SPACE #sciencerocks #aerospace #nasa
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Cubes in Space 2018 Program UPDATE: We are targeting October 6, 2017 for registration to begin and the course to open! Currently we are working on a brand new website and a new look for the online course for our FIFTH YEAR of Cubes in Space. September is going to be a very busy month!

And we are still in a holding pattern for the RB-3 mission to launch from Ft. Sumner, New Mexico. You can see the inside of the carrier containing all the students' experiments. When we do launch, our experiments will be facing straight up into space!
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RB-3 Mission Launch Update: The Cubes in Space program is participating in the 2017 Fall Balloon Flight Campaign as a secondary payload on the NASA Wallops Arc Second Pointing (WASP) mission. The NASA WASP mission is considered a test flight mission. A test flight mission flight tests instrumentation and hardware in a near space environment. Because WASP is not a science mission, it is subject to being moved around in the flight campaign schedule due to science missions taking precedence over test flight missions.

The weather conditions in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico where the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility is located have not been ideal for balloon launches. Strong winds in the upper atmosphere and a persistent stormy weather pattern are grounding all balloon launches.

The Cubes in Space Research Balloon-3 (RB-3) mission containing 85 experiments from 11 countries will not be launching for at least 10 days. We will keep you updated or notify you immediately if it looks like we are able to launch sooner. The launch and balloon flight will be live streamed. You can view the flight operations at: https://buff.ly/2gKPP0J

For current weather conditions at CSBF: https://buff.ly/2gKOE1s

And to learn more about the missions flying as part of the 2017 campaign: https://buff.ly/2gKPScV

Links:
https://buff.ly/2gKPVFD (updated on August 4, 2017)
https://buff.ly/2gKOK9k
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Help needed! Can anyone help to identify this experiment component? It is for the RB-3 flight. Thank you in advance for your assistance!
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BREAKING NEWS - the RB-3 mission to launch on 8/31 from NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility has been delayed. We should know by the end of this week when the next launch window will be. Indeed this is frustrating, but we will keep you posted.
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