29 October 2013
NASA plans to launch the first-ever satellite built by high school students on 19 November. The satellite, TJ-cube-sat, was built by approximately 50 students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology over the past eight years. TJ-cube-sat is one of 20 satellites selected by NASA as part of its CubeSat Launch Initiative, which includes cube-shaped research satellites that weigh approximately three pounds, also known as nanosatellites. Students used commercial off-the-shelf hardware for the structure of the satellite, radio, voice synthesizer, and a flight computer designed by lead teacher Adam Kemp. The satellite is expected to stay in orbit for three months. (Image Credit: NASA)
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