Source: SatNews.com | Ben Pounds, Oak Ridger | June 1, 2021
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.