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Fraser
2006-Jun-22, 11:27 PM
A Boeing Delta II rocket blasted off on Wednesday carrying an experimental satellite for the US Military. The rocket lifted off at 2315 GMT (6:15 pm EDT) from Launch Complex 17A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and the satellite payload separated 30 minutes later. The payload is the Micro-Satellite Technology Experiment (MiTEx), which is designed to test how well off-the-shelf equipment will perform in space. If successful, it should help reduce the cost and development time for future satellites.

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2006/06/22/delta-ii-launches-micro-satellite-technology-experiment/)

ToSeek
2006-Jun-26, 04:28 PM
Haven't heard much about this one, but it's not insignificant: NASA spends millions qualifying hardware as suitable for space. Anything that reduces that cost will make a helpful difference.

gwiz
2006-Jun-26, 05:02 PM
Only it's not NASA, it's military.

ToSeek
2006-Jun-26, 07:06 PM
Well, so was adaptive optics, but it eventually made its way into scientific observatories.