Kids help design satellite

Students and professors from several Kentucky colleges and universities are teaming up with NASA scientists to build a satellite.

Students and professors from several Kentucky colleges and universities are teaming up with NASA scientists to build a satellite, reports the Courier-Journal. The education and research program will design, build and operate a satellite that will weigh less than a kilogram and provide free access to students studying communications, temperature monitoring, photography through an onboard camera.

“KySat represents the kind of bold and innovative initiative that Kentucky must pursue on a number of levels if it’s going to be truly technologically, educationally and economically competitive in the global marketplace,” said Kris Kimel, president of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, a partner in the venture.

Once the lightweight, cube-shaped device is launched, schools and universities across the state will have free access to the data it produces. That will enable them to study communications, weather patterns and the Earth through photos from an onboard camera, among other things, officials said. The students’ mission is to design and build the satellite, with assistance from professors from their schools, NASA and Bob Twiggs, an aeronautics and astronautics professor at Stanford University.

Students enrolled in the program are currently taking classes through NASA Ames and officials expect the satellite to launch mid to late 2007.

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