NASA has slated Michigan Technological University’s 2nd scholar-built satellite
for a March 2021 deployment from the International Area Station (ISS).
Stratus, named for its cloud-imaging mission, will be carried to the place station,
two hundred miles above Earth, in a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule on a Falcon 9 rocket. The
Dragon will dock to the ISS.
“Stratus will be unloaded by the crew, then placed in the Kibo Module’s airlock, where
the Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System robotic arm will go the
satellite into the correct placement and deploy it into place,” mentioned Brad King, Michigan Tech’s Henes Endowed