Today’s launch of Orbital ATK cargo ship carrying UPSat & DUTHSat two Greek micro-satellites.

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo ship dubbed SS John Glenn also carries supplies for the ISS

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that will carry supplies to the International Space Station has launched from the Ccomplex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The mission named SS John Glenn in honor of the famous astronaut carries supplies for the International Space Station along with a number of micro-satellites, two of which (UPSat & DUTHSat) were made in Greece by Greek Universities.

Two microsatellites, UPSat and DUTHSat, constructed in Greece will be launched into space on Tuesday, at 18:11 Athens time – along with 26 other similar microsatellites – from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA.

The microsatellites will be transferred onto a rocket-carrier «Atlas V», destined for the International Space Station (ISS).

UPSat is the first microsatellite based on open-source software fully constructed in Greece, the product of the University of Patras and the Libre Space Foundation under the QB50 programme.

The UPSat mission, aims to develop an open source hardware and software 2U cubesat, minimizing the use of commercial of the shelf components to minimum, and providing hardware and software designs under the provisions of the CERN-OHLv2 and GNU-GPLv3 licenses respectfully. The vast majority of its components are designed from scratch in an open source software and hardware way.

The QB50 is part of the European Research Project FP7 Space, coordinated by the Von Karman Institute.

The other satellite DUTHSat was constructed at the University of Thrace.