NASA has launched 11 satellites designed and built independently by students participating in the educational mission of ELaNa (Educational Launch of Nanosatellite). The agency hopes its program will help create the next generation of aviation industry.
The program is attended by more than 300 students, including a group from Alexandria’s Alexandria School, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, which already has a lot of experience in this matter, because already in his account designed satellite.
Students, together with aerospace engineers working as their mentors, designed and then built small orbital satellites, with a cube-like appearance of about 10 cm and a kilogram weight.
Satellites have just been launched into orbit, where for several months they will provide NASA with relevant data and scientific discoveries. Each satellite was built in a different way, and has its own task. For example, CAPE-2, performed by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, will send tweets and emails from space. Others will investigate the weather, the radiation they hit Earth during the outbreak of the Sun, and test the usefulness of solar panels on satellites.
A complete list of all satellites and their mission information is available on the official NASA website.