Students’ Satellite Set for Launch into Space

Source: | Ben Pounds, Oak Ridger | June 1, 2021

© Ben Pounds/The Oak Ridger In this December 2018 file photo by Ben Pounds, Peter Thornton, at right, a senior research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, presents components of the RamSat satellite to students, including an aluminum framework.

A mini-satellite built by Robertsville Middle School students will launch from Cape Canaveral this coming Thursday, June 3.

An official website for the project stated the launch will take place at 1 p.m. The launch could be reset for Friday depending on Thursday’s weather.

“We decided we’d really try to do this. A middle school had never done this,” Todd Livesay, an RMS teacher, told a virtual audience of Altrusa International of Oak Ridge in May.

The satellite is 200 millimeters by 100 milimeters by 100 milimeters.

Livesay explained about the project being part of a class and of an extracurricular club at RMS. In his comments to Altrusa, he downplayed his own role in the project.

“I haven’t done this. I am an itty bitty part of this.”

He said his role was bringing the students together with mentors who are specialists in fields related to different parts of the satellite process, including mentors from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NASA.

We’re going to be out of one of those really cool SpaceX rockets,” he said regarding the June 3 launch. He said the RamSat will be be deployed from the International Space Station Monday.

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