UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Aerospace engineering students at the UI are celebrating the launch of their second satellite.
It will launch for only about eight days. Students from UI and Purdue worked on the satellite. It launched from the Eastern shore of Virginia around 3:45 CST, Wednesday.
“There have been some studies like this, but this will be the first that’s being done with this low-cost kind of CubeSat, and so we’re really opening up opportunities for gathering new information less expensively than we have in the past, and again, impacting future spacecraft design with the information we gather,” says Michael Lembeck.
The tiny satellite would cost around $100,000 – $200,000. Lembeck says satellites are continuing to get smaller over time. They used to be a lot larger and were worth around $100 million.
The satellite will be used for aerospace engineers to look at the atmosphere and see what it looks like.