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News Picks : Space launch company plans to carry more CubeSats into orbit

By: Physics Today
23 November 2015
Florida Today: With space launch costs on the rise, CubeSats—tiny satellites just 10 cm3 in size—offer scientists, government agencies, and private companies a more affordable means of sending projects into space. However, because CubeSats need to hitch rides on larger craft, those who use them are dependent on others’ schedules and itineraries. Now United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, has announced that it is adding to its Atlas V rockets a new carrier that could hold up to 24 CubeSats. “We are going to more than double the entire worldwide capacity for a CubeSat to get to space,” said ULA CEO Tory Bruno.

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