LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A team of middle and high school students in Nebraska are working with NASA on a cube satellite project designed to improve the generation of electricity from sunlight.Five Arrested After Wild Pursuit Ends With Car Crashing Into Pole, Flipping Over
The launch was a precursor for a much bigger project, the NASA Cube Launch Initiative.
“I’ve always just been interested, just kind of in the background, in space,” eighth-grader Elsa Meyer tells CBS affiliate KMTV. “I never thought I’d get a chance to send a satellite this early into space, to begin working with aerospace mentors while I was still in school.”
The team of 8th through 11th graders were selected by NASA last month to to research, design and build a cube satellite that will test solar power generation in the earth’s orbit to see how well a new type of solar cell generates power with and without direct sunlight.
With the help of the University of Nebraska, the students have been researching, designing, and building the satellite. On Saturday, they got to do their first test run of the project. https://t.co/pkzuh28B3QREAD MORE: Pasadena Unified School District Parents Voice Concerns About Return To Classrooms, Vaccines, Testing
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The CubeSats, as they are known as, are similar in size to a cube box of facial tissues, weigh less than 3 pounds and have an approximate volume of 1 quart.
The Nebraska Big Red Sat-1 project is one of 14 research satellites from nine states, and the first ever from Nebraska, to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets, launching in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025.
Former NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson, who was born and raised in Ashland, says he’s glad to see the state is getting some attention when it comes to aerospace research and industry.MORE NEWS: LA Community College District Board Mandates Vaccinations, Masks
“I’m glad that Nebraska’s partnering with NASA. I think that’s the right thing to do,” he says. “That’s what engineering is about, and I wish I’d had those opportunities when I was a kid.”