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UAH students prepare to send satellite on its way

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ChargerSat 1 ready for launch into space in November. Source: UAH 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."

The ChargerSat group is planning its next satellite – ChargerSat 2. It will be a nucleic boiling instrument used to analyze science properties.

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