Satellite Built By High School Students Launches Into Orbit

Posted November 20, 2013 by Johnny2x in Science


I have fond memories of my most advanced science projects back when I was in school. I think the highlight was dissecting a cat and finding out it was pregnant.

In grade school we did another “science” project where we put our address on an index card and tied them to balloons then let them go. I don’t know where to even start with why they would not let you do that now.

Now a days they do some more interesting stuff like LAUNCHING SATELLITES INTO SPACE!!


As a part of NASA’s Educational Launch of NanoSatellites (ELaNa) program, the Thomas Jefferson High School students’ 2-pound satellite is the culmination of seven years of work by more than 50 students. ELaNa aims to attract students to study STEM disciplines, which matches up well with TJ3Sat’s mission. Once in orbit, the CubeSat will send and receive data from students and other amateur radio users on Earth. Submissions can be made via theirwebsite, and approved strings of text will be sent to the satellite in space. In return, Earthling users will receive a voice interpretation of the text via radio frequency.

“It used to be that kids growing up wanted to be an astronaut. I think we might be seeing kids saying, what they want to do is build a spacecraft. The idea here is that they really can do that,” Andrew Petro, program executive for small spacecraft technology at NASA, said in a statement. “They can get together with a few other people to build and fly a spacecraft. Some students coming out of college as new hires have already built and flown a satellite . . . that’s a whole new notion, one that was not possible even 10 years ago.”

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