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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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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.
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]
New launch date: 3 November 2015
Same launch window, opening at 3pm Hawaii Time (7pm Central Standard Time)
The ORS-4 launch is on hold. We will update the new launch date as we know more.
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.
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