Feb 21, 2011 1:51 PM by Ariel Wesler

Cal Poly project ready for launch at Vandenberg

Engineering students at Cal Poly are anxious to see their projects launch into orbit this Wednesday morning from Vandenberg.

The Taurus XL rocket will be carrying NASA's Glory satellite along with the Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployer (PPOD), developed by students at Cal Poly in conjunction with Stanford University.

The PPOD will be attached to the fourth stage of the rocket and carry three mini research satellites or CubeSats, designed by students at universities across the country.

This will be the first launch at Vandenberg to carry the students' satellites. It's all part of NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellites, or ELaNA missions.

NASA says similar student projects are already in the works, scheduled for liftoff in 2011.


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