FASTRAC Satellites Leave Texas
June 25, 2006
The first student-built satellites from the University of Texas made their final trip from the Satellite Design Lab and began the first leg of their eventual voyage to space. As proud team members looked on, the satellites were loaded into a specially contracted truck for the ride to the Air Force Research Laboratory test facilities in Albuquerque.
Many hours of hard work accompanied the sendoff of the pair, now affectionately named "Sara Lily" and "Emma" after Tom and George's newborns. There were the usual last minute bugs to work out, but the team persevered with the same tenacity that has brought them to this remarkable stage. The students experienced a mixture of elation and bittersweet emotion upon seeing the satellites leave, but an overall atmosphere of excitement is still present as the next phase of the FASTRAC mission begins.
Upon arrival at the AEF lab in Albuquerque, the satellites will be put through a regimen of testing to simulate the launch and orbit environment. This will include vibration, temperature extremes, and vacuum conditions. FASTRAC student manager Jamin Greenbaum will spend the summer at the test facility coordinating and supporting these tests.
Congratulations to all the FASTRAC team members on an amazing milestone in this mission!
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