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Rocket Launches 4 Tiny Satellites on Test Flight (Photos)

Prospector-18D Raised to Launch Position

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The Prospector-18D rocket is raised to launch position on June 15, 2013 in California's Mojave Desert.

Students Gather Near Prospector-18D Rocket

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Students gather by the Prospector-18D rocket before its launch on June 15, 2013 in California's Mojave Desert.

Prospector-18D Rocket Blasts Off

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The Prospector-18D rocket blasts off on June 15, 2013, carrying four tiny CubeSats on a test launch from California's Mojave Desert.

Prospector 18 Rocket Lifts Off

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The Garvey Spacecraft Corporation's Prospector 18 rocket lifts off on June 18, 2013, carrying its payload of CubeSats. Despite a hard landing, all four satellites were recovered.

Prospector-18D Rocket After Crash

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The Garvey Spacecraft Corp.'s Prospector-18D rocket after crashing during a test flight on June 15, 2013.

Prospector 18 Rocket Prelaunch Briefing

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Students and engineers participate in a prelaunch briefing before liftoff of the Prospector 18 rocket.

Prospector-18D Rocket Students and Staff

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Students and staff from Merritt Island High School in Florida pose near the downed Prospector-18D rocket on June 15, 2013.

Dented Rocket University Broad Initiatives CubeSat

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The dented Rocket University Broad Initiatives CubeSat (RUBICS-1) on June 15, 2013, after the Prospector-18D rocket's nosecone was removed.

Damaged PhoneSat

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The damaged PhoneSat, which crashed to Earth aboard its Prospector-18D rocket during a June 15, 2013 test flight from California's Mojave Desert.

Engineers Examine Damaged PhoneSat

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Engineers examine the damaged PhoneSat, which crashed to Earth aboard its Prospector-18D rocket during a June 15, 2013 test flight from California's Mojave Desert.

PolySat and StangSat CubeSats

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The PolySat and StangSat CubeSats, housed in their poly-picosat orbital deployer (P-POD).

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