The work of students at one Wisconsin university is going to space.
NASA chose Marquette University to launch a CubeSat into space in 2015, 2016 or 2017.
The student-built satellite, called Golden Eagle One, weighs less than 3 pounds and is the first satellite built by Wisconsin college students to get launched into space.
“Just to see that whole concept of the idea and actually something in real life is extremely important and extremely just awesome in general. It’s real,” Marquette University engineering student Brian Gienko said.
Dr. Robert H. Bishop, opus dean of engineering and adviser on the project said, “The College of Engineering wants to inspire students to reach for places they normally wouldn’t reach for, including space. This project is an opportunity for our students who are driven to explore.”
CubeSat will collect and transmit pictures from onboard cameras back to Earth and test the reliability of special computer memory used in space.
Students said it will teach them a lot, like how to use a camera in space.
“As far as how you focus on the world. How do you focus on the world? How are you going to get good pictures? I think it’ll be a big learning experience for us,” Marquette University engineering student Tyler Reaker said.
A launch date will be set once the satellite completes a variety of tests required by NASA.
Marquette joins 16 other organizations to launch at CubeSat, including Brown University, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.