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Saint Louis University to send spacecraft into orbit

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:34 Published in Local News

Now that it is complete, developers hope the project will soon be up in the air.  

Saint Louis University’s first spacecraft that has been designed, built, tested and operated by students at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, is tentatively scheduled for launch today (Tuesday) from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia.

The Air Force Research Laboratory and NASA Missouri Space Grant funded the project development and the launch of COPPER is sponsored by NASA.

COPPER's mission is to test the effectiveness of a commercial infrared camera for in-space navigation and object detection, as well as observing the Earth in the infrared spectrum.  

Parks College students will operate COPPER for 12 months from a radio control station in McDonnell-Douglas Hall on the SLU campus.

The spacecraft will naturally fall from orbit in about four years.  More than 50 undergraduate and graduate students worked to create COPPER over the past three years. 

Illinois adds six counties to disaster area list

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 09:04 Published in Local News

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn added six counties to the state's list of disaster areas following violent storms and tornadoes on Sunday.

The declaration increases the number of counties needing state and federal funds to 13.  The National Weather Service has issued a preliminary finding that 11 tornadoes ripped through the state, with at least two designated as EF-4's.

The state disaster declaration makes available a wide variety of state resources that can help affected communities respond and recover from the storms.

Volunteer efforts are also well underway to assist the victims.  Those who wish to volunteer should NOT go to the disaster scene, but rather, visit  Ready.illinois.gov  for information on specific sites that can utilize volunteers.

Governor Quinn declares seven counties disaster areas

Monday, 18 November 2013 09:34 Published in Local News

Governor Pat Quinn declared seven counties state disaster areas on Monday, after severe storms spawned tornadoes and high winds across Illinois on Sunday.

Hundreds of homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed, leaving thousands without power. Numerous roads throughout the state have been closed by fallen trees and downed power lines. At least six people are reported dead and dozens more injured.  

Governor Quinn will inspect damage on the ground in some of Illinois' hardest hit communities including Washington, Diamond, Gifford, Brookport and New Minden.

“Yesterday Illinois was hit extremely hard by deadly tornadoes that left many in a great deal of pain and loss,” Governor Quinn said.

“Although we are still receiving reports of massive damage to communities across our state, we want to make sure people are getting the assistance and resources they need as quickly as possible. As we pray for the families of those who have lost their lives and others who are injured, the state of Illinois will do everything necessary to help these communities recover."  

The state disaster declaration makes available a wide variety of state resources that can help affected communities respond and recover from the storms.  

The state has dispatched technical rescue teams to a number of locations to provide emergency generators, light towers and communications systems.  More information about the state’s flood response and flood safety is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

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