ST. LOUIS (AP) – An infrared camera built by Saint Louis University aviation and engineering students is headed to outer space.

The one-kilogram COPPER space navigation camera is scheduled to launch Tuesday night from a regional NASA site in Virginia. SLU students in the Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology will remotely operate the device from campus for the next year.

Schools and NASA centers nationwide are contributing spacecraft to the flight, including the first-ever spacecraft built by high school students. Twenty-nine satellites will be released from the NASA rocket.

A campus launch party is scheduled for Tuesday night. The launch can be viewed online at

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