Sunday September 07, 2014

Space Station Defies Humans, Launches Satellites Without Permission

It’s like something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey where Hal 9000 says "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that." The ISS has something similar with the CubeSat microsatellite cannon. The ISS has taken upon itself to begin launching CubeSat microsatellites without human help or consent. Hal has awakened. big grin

It's not the first time this has happened: A NASA status report shows that two other CubeSats were unintentionally released on August 23rd. That means that, of the 12 CubeSats launched into orbit so far, one-third of them got impatient waiting for permission, and just launched themselves.