KSC helps launch small satellites

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Events this month are spotlighting Kennedy Space Center’s role promoting launches for the fast-growing field of mini-satellites known as CubeSats.

Last Thursday in California, KSC managers helped a handful of CubeSats hitch rides on an Atlas V rocket whose main purpose was to loft a secret intelligence mission for the Department of Defense.

On Wednesday, representatives from KSC’s Launch Services Program will discuss roughly $17 million in awards they have made to several companies developing small rockets that could offer CubeSats more frequent, inexpensive and timely launches.