NASA Awards Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployers Contract

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Sept. 23, 2010

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA has announced the award of the Poly 
Picosatellite Orbital Deployers, or P-POD, service contract to 
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif. This 
new contract is an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity award for 
five years with a maximum cumulative potential value of $5 million. 
The award will provide a broad range of P-POD services for NASA's 
CubeSat program.

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. The 
cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a 
volume of about one quart and weigh less than 2.2 pounds.

NASA has adapted the P-POD system for a series of small 
university-class, student-built satellite missions as part of the 
Educational Launch of Nanosatellites program. This is intended to 
advance the objectives of the science, technology, engineering and 
mathematics programs within educational institutions.

The first launch is planned aboard a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg 
Air Force Base, Calif., in October 2011, on a mission to launch a 
polar-orbiting weather and environmental satellite.

NASA's Launch Services Program office at the Kennedy Space Center in 
Florida is responsible for management of the P-POD contract.

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