ChargerSat 1 ready for launch into space in November. Source: UAH
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
University of Alabama in Huntsville students held a bon voyage party Wednesday for their satellite ChargerSat 1.
It's the first student-built satellite from UAH in more than a decade.
ChargerSat 1, a 4-inch cube that weighs 2.2 pounds, will orbit the Earth from six months to two years before it re-enters the atmosphere.
The satellite took a while in research and development before it was completed, said grad student Mark Becnel.
"It was quite a roller coaster," he said. "We went through a development phase where we did a lot of inventing and learning new things about how to build a satellite, none of us had built a satellite before.
"To go from our minimal experience to this satellite is quite the learning experience."
ChargerSat 1 is hitching a ride with 27 other satellites with an Air Force launch from Wallops Island, Va. First, they will place it in a payload bay in Albuquerque, N.M., and the Air Force will transport it to Wallops Island for the Nov. 4 launch.
"It's been fun … let's go with fun," said UAH student Matt Rodencal. "It's been challenging at times but, seeing it on the table and I'm sure seeing it getting launched to space in a ball of fire, it will be worth it."
ChargerSat group is planning its next satellite – ChargerSat 2. It will be a
nucleic boiling instrument used to analyze science properties.