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[When we moved to this site (September 2015), all the old News elements were deleted. We've added back the relevant News items, but the listed date is when they were posted to this site. We apologize for the confusion.]

Copper-2 Testing Complete

posted Jan 23, 2017, 2:33 PM by Oliver Grassmann   [ updated Jan 23, 2017, 2:34 PM ]

Copper-2 went to Albuquerque last week to test its systems in environments similar to those the satellite will experience when launched into space. It survived the tests, proving its ability to operate in space-like conditions. Copper-2 is the second iteration of SSRL's  original Copper program, which could not be contacted once launched into orbit. The lab has high hopes for the success of this mission, and these tests lend confidence in the greater ability of this satellite.

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Above: Copper-2 in a test facility in Albuquerque.

News Article about CubeSats

posted Feb 25, 2016, 2:56 PM by Michael Swartwout

Dr. Swartwout was quoted in an article in the Christian Science Monitor about the potential for CubeSats to change the way that space missions are developed.

Argus Did Not Reach Orbit

posted Nov 5, 2015, 7:44 AM by Michael Swartwout   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 7:46 AM ]


The ORS-4 launch experienced a failure during first stage ascension.

Here are various reports from news outlets

[Image credit: U.S. Air Force/University of Hawaii/Spaceflight Now]

Argus is GO for launch (again)

posted Nov 2, 2015, 8:50 PM by Michael Swartwout

New launch date: 3 November 2015
Same launch window, opening at 3pm Hawaii Time (7pm Central Standard Time)

Argus on Launch Hold

posted Oct 29, 2015, 10:24 AM by Michael Swartwout

The ORS-4 launch is on hold. We will update the new launch date as we know more.

Rascal-B Has Left the Building (but will return)

posted Oct 29, 2015, 10:23 AM by Michael Swartwout

Congratulations to the Rascal-B design team; the first version of the engineering unit was shipped to Boeing on Tuesday morning. Boeing will perform mechanical/electrical/data fit checks and return it to us, in advance of the final December delivery.

Dr. Swartwout at FOEE

posted Oct 29, 2015, 10:21 AM by Michael Swartwout

Dr. Swartwout was one of 70 faculty from across the country participating in the 2015 Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium, organized by the National Academy of Engineering.

Argus is Go For Launch

posted Sep 10, 2015, 8:27 PM by Michael Swartwout   [ updated Sep 10, 2015, 8:27 PM ]

[originally posted on 2 September 2015]
Argus has been delivered to ORS and integrated into his NLAS Ejector.



Now, we await launch on October 29th!

Argus is Checked Out, Tucked In, Ready for His Big Day

posted Sep 10, 2015, 8:22 PM by Michael Swartwout

[originally posted 1 September 2015]
Argus has made the journey from St Louis to Albuquerque, passed his post-travel checkout, and is now tucked in, ready for the big day of integration tomorrow.
Good night, Argus!

Argus Has Left the Building

posted Sep 10, 2015, 8:18 PM by Michael Swartwout

[originally posted 31 August 2015]
Argus has been fully checked out, cleaned up, tied down, packed away and is on his way to Albuquerque for launch integration!

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