BRUSSELS, Belgium — On January 27th, 2014, Alcantara Cyclone Space (ACS) and Von Karman Institute (VKI) signed a launch service contract for the QB50 Project co-funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Program. The contract was signed by Oleksandr Serdyuk, Ukrainian ACS General Director, and Jean Muylaert, VKI Director.
QB50 will place into Low Earth Orbit a combination of 50 double and triple CubeSats for atmospheric science and in-orbit demonstration of space technologies.
The mission, conducted by an international consortium of partners, will facilitate access to space for educational, technology and scientific purpose involving the worldwide CubeSat community. The launch is planned for 2016.
On January 28th, 2014, the launch service contract was officially announced to the QB50 community at the 7th QB50 Workshop held on the premises of VKI, in the presence of Florence Béroud, a European Commission representative.