US: University of Virginia students have been selected to work with NASA to design a radiation-sensing satellite. The spacecraft design class is tweaking the technology to send “JefferSat,” a CubeSat about the size of a loaf of bread, flying more than 20 miles into the sky.
JefferSat will soar over New Mexico next year to help NASA measure radiation exposure in airline passengers and crew caused by cosmic rays. “In the process, they can work in parallel with NASA engineers and scientists. So it gives them real-world experience they can use once they graduate,” said Chris Goyne, associate professor of science and aerospace engineering. The UVA team is one of 10 selected by NASA to develop one of the suborbital flight vehicles.
Source: Nbc 29