Batteries not included
> The mission was designed to demonstrate the use of low-cost technology to land and explore the Moon's surface.
> But alas, the Cubesat's radios were unresponsive after launch.
A little too low cost?
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Probably vibration during launch knocked a connector out. CubeSats have been a major innovation for low-cost satellites, particularly since you build one using off-the-shelf components (there are many companies who manufacture CubeSat mission components). The down side is that the failure rate is just a bit higher than big satellite manufacturers would accept.
And Artemis was a particularly bad setup for cubesats, because they were installed in July 2021 and then there was no access to them, even for battery recharging, until the launch sixteen months later. 80% functionality rate for things stuck in a drawer for sixteen months is not bad ...