Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Paw on the Media: Tigers ... in ... Space!

Congratulations to the Auburn University Student Space Program!

The Auburn Plainsman reports today that AubieSat-1 is scheduled to go into space in October 2011. According to the paper:

"Communication with the satellite is a main focus for the group. The CubeSat’s scientific purpose will be to measure gamma rays produced by high-altitude thunderstorms. Radio waves produced by antennae on top of Allison Laboratory will carry commands in the form of strings of zeroes and ones to microcontrollers on the satellite, which will then execute the given commands."
According to the report, AubieSat-1 will be the first student-built CubeSat (a 4-inch cube satellite) to go into space on an American rocket.

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