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Mar 4, 2011 6:59 PM by Danielle Lerner

Cal Poly students disappointed but optimistic about the future after launch failure

NASA was not the only one with high hopes for Friday morning's launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

People at Cal Poly were also hoping for the best. The Taurus XL Rocket was carrying three tiny research satellites built by aerospace engineering students. They were supposed to launch into orbit and collect data in space. Cal Poly student and professors are disappointed, but they say it is the nature of the business.

"It's a huge accomplishment that we can even get it built and get everything done to get it on the rocket," said Ryan Nugent, an aerospace engineering graduate student.

The students will soon have another chance to see their satellites launch into orbit. Their projects will ride a Delta Two rocket into space as part of NASA's MPP mission, which is scheduled to take off from Vandenberg on October 25.

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