US: St. Thomas More Cathedral School aims to become the first K-8 school in the world to launch a “CubeSat” satellite into orbit. If approved by NASA, the satellite would be constructed by students and launched by late 2014. It will measure a compact 4 inches by 4 inches by 4 inches and weigh in at slightly less than 3 pounds. And, if all goes on schedule, it will be orbiting the Earth sometime next year.
The St. Thomas More project is designed to send back photographs and temperature readings, which will be picked up by a large antenna to be placed at the school. The entire school, down to kindergarten classes, is taking part and working toward designing and then building the mini-satellite. They will use a mobile “clean room” supplied by NASA to ensure strict standards during construction.
Source: Sun Gazette