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UNSW + USyd QB50 Cubesat Satellite Launch (Live Stream)

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Level 5, Hilmer Building (map ref E10)

UNSW Kensington Campus

Kensington, NSW 2052


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Launch will occur at 1:11am Australian Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday 18th April.

Instead of a live broadcast, we invite you to celebrate with us as a cake cutting ceremony at 12:30pm on Wednesday 18th April during the lunch break of our two day Cubesat workshop. A replay of the launch will be shown on the big screen.

If you would like to know more about the workshop, or to register, click here:


Revised Launch window is to be determined.

This event will be rescheduled once a new launch date has been set.

"The launch of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft for Orbital ATK and NASA has been postponed. During testing for a ground support hydraulic condition discovered during prelaunch testing, a different issue with a booster hydraulic line was observed by technicians. The team is developing a plan to remedy the issue and a new launch date will be determined. Both the Atlas V rocket and Cygnus spacecraft are secure and healthy."


Revised Launch window opens 10:49am Australian Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday 28th March.

This event has been moved to Tuesday March 28, 10:15am to 11:45am


Revised Launch window opens 12pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time, Saturday 25th March.

This event has been moved to Saturday March 25, 11:30am to 1pm


New Launch Window opens WED 22 March, 1:11pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time

This event has been moved to Wednesday March 22nd, 12:45pm to 2:15pm

On 20 March two research satellites designed and built in Sydney will be launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, US, on a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

The “UNSW-EC0” satellite was a sole UNSW project, while “INSPIRE-2” is a University of Sydney project made in collaboration with the UNSW based Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) and the Australian National University. These satellites form part of a world-wide consortium of 50 research organisations coming together to launch a constellation of small satellites, or “cubesats”, in a world first for space collaboration, known as the QB50 Project. Along with the “SUSat” satellite from the University of South Australia and Adelaide University, they will, upon deployment from the ISS, be the first ever Australian Cubesats in Space and the first Australian Satellites to be launched since FedSat in 2002.

You are invited to help celebrate the launch with the UNSW-ECO and INSPIRE-2 teams, as well as researchers from ACSER, Sydney SpaceNet, USydney, and the ANU. Hear from the ACSER Director, Professor Andrew Dempster, UNSW-EC0 Satellite Project Lead, Dr Elias Aboutanios and Prof Iver Cairns, Head of the Sydney University INSPIRE-2 Team and be part of the excitement. A live feed from NASA will give you a front row seat as the Atlas V launches the satellites into space.

Drinks and canapés will be served.

Dress code: Smart casual

Parking: Metered parking available under the UNSW Terraces, via Gate 2 High Street, Kensington, or the top level of the Barker Street Car Park (via Gate 14, Barker Street, Kensington (subject to availability)

Important note

Update 13-Mar-2017:

Launch update: "#Atlas V #OA7 launch now scheduled for NET March 21 due to a booster hydraulic issue discovered during prelaunch testing" (

This is Wednesday 22nd March, 1:11pm Sydney time. Should another technical or weather event delay the launch further we will update you as soon as possible.

Updates on the launch window will be posted on the ACSER website.

Old Update 28-Feb-2017:

The launch window for the Atlas V is set for March 19 from 10:56 pm - 11:24 pm US Eastern Daylight Time (1.56 - 2.24pm AEDT). Due to unforeseeable circumstances (such as weather) it is possible that the launch window may be delayed and that this event may be shifted to another time. Should this be the case, as much advanced warning as possible will be given.

For more information on the Satellites and their teams:



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Level 5, Hilmer Building (map ref E10)

UNSW Kensington Campus

Kensington, NSW 2052


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