Cal Poly satellite blasts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base

nwilson@thetribunenews.comDecember 16, 2013 

Rocket Launch

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

DANIEL DREIFUSS — Associated Press

Cal Poly’s eighth CubeSat satellite was launched into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base earlier this month.

The small satellite, designed and built by students, launched Dec. 5 aboard the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

The CubeSat program is experimenting with cell phone cameras that have collecting images from outer space.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is sponsoring the satellite. The six-month mission also will help researchers better understand planetary weather, natural disasters and changing ecosystems.

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