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AEM spotlight:

Students competing to launch mini-satellite


The Minnesat miniature satellite is
pictured above in final form. The team
left Friday for the Nanosat-4 competition.

In a few short days, AEM students will know whether they are destined for space.

Tuesday will mark the realization of the two-year Minnesat project, where students designed and built a miniature satellite. They will now compete against 10 other schools for the chance to launch their satellite into space. The nationwide competition, Nanosat-4, is jointly sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, NASA and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

The program aims to educate and train the future workforce through the competition and to enable small satellite research and development, payload development, integration and flight testing.

Student project director Jason Mintz said he was both relaxed and excited, if a little tired, Friday morning as students prepared to leave for the Nanosat competition.

“The satellite works,” he said. “Everything we wanted to do, we got done.”

Check back next week for results of the competition, and best of luck to the Minnesat team.

Last Modified: Wednesday, 22-Aug-2012 11:11:18 CDT -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation