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Laboratory for Advanced Space Systems at Illinois

CAPSat Launches to the International Space Station!
SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts off from pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center for CRS-23 with LASSI's CAPSat onboard. (Photo credit SpaceX)

At 2:14 AM CDT Sunday August 29th 2021, SpaceX Commercial Resupply Service mission 23 launched from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, carrying more than 4000 pounds of cargo to the ISS. Stored inside the Dragon cargo vehicle at the top of the rocket was LASSI's own CAPSat!

The Cool Annealing Payload Satellite (CAPSat) is a 3-U cubesat, measuring roughly 4in x 4in x 12in and 6.1 pounds. The spacecraft was developed by the University of Illinois Aerospace Engineering department in conjunction with the University of Illinois Physics department and the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. The spacecraft science payload will perform quantum optics experiments in orbit and help prove the viability of future missions.

More updates to come about this exciting mission!