Three Virginia university satellites were deployed into nearly simultaneous orbit from the International Space Station via the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer at 10:50 a.m. EDT this morning. The Virginia CubeSat Constellation mission is a collaborative project of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and four of its member universities: Old Dominion University (ODU), Virginia Tech (VT), University of Virginia (UVA), and Hampton University (HU). Read the press release here. Livestream video (above) courtesy of UVA. Photograph courtesy of NanoRacks. 

University of Virginia Students Hannah Umansky (front), Connor Segal (left) and Kathryn Wason (right) give a thumbs up after their satellite, Libertas, is deployed from the International Space Station as part of the Virginia CubeSat Constellation mission. Photograph courtesy of University of Virginia.