Winning Satellite to be Launched into Orbit
The Aerospace Enterprise is sending off Oculus-ASR, a microsatellite launching next year as part of an Air Force mission to better track objects in space.
In January 2011, a team of 25 undergraduate students from Michigan Tech, advised by Lyon B. King (ME-EM), took first place in the University Nanosat 6 competition, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In doing so, our team earned the rare privilege of having the Department of Defense launch their custom-made satellite into orbit.
The competition earned the team a two-year contract from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to prepare the satellite for launch and construct a ground control station on campus.
But what was supposed to take two years stretched into four, then five. Repeated delays postponed the launch. Until the call came, last month. It was time—now or never. Read the full story.