The deployment of a satellite composed by a student put on hold

Students of the University of Georgia have completed their research satellite development and are waiting for the green light to deploy it to space. The institution conducted a trial launch of the Spectral Ocean Color (SPOC) satellite, which they called off a few minutes after takeoff.

The satellite will be part of the Antares rocket that will be departing from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. This satellite’s purpose is to observe the marine life on the US coastal line.  The satellite will be instrumental in the research by UGA and other marine agencies. The satellite’s optic system will enable it to magnify the aperture of the coastline and send alerts when something poisonous enters the ocean due to industrial and economic activities.

UGA’s Small Satellite Research Lab professor, Deepak Mishra, explained that this satellite is a product of the partnership between aggressive students and professional researchers at UGA. Mishra explained that the students utilized their skills for this project while the researchers handed them a scientific vision to pursue. 

Mishra explained that the students incorporated their skills and labor in the project throughout the past the coronavirus pandemic. She added that the researchers were there to give their prospects and guidance on research development.

The students explained that they sought for something challenging to pursue and give solutions from scratch. The UGA researchers facilitated this prospect by guiding through the production process and giving out pointers since they know about satellite development.

Mishra divulged that NASA saw their research had potential and decided to support the prospect by securing them a rideshare opportunity on one of the international rockets. The research lab developing the satellite has been expanding, with more students registering for classes and gaining practical skills in engineering and projectiles’ physics.

The program has graduated some of the students into space engineering and technology, with some of them pursuing internships at NASA’s research center in Silicon Valley. Nevertheless, the project has also encountered challenges ranging from malfunctions to postponement of test flights.

Additionally, the coronavirus outbreak put more operations on hold, considering that the engineers and students had to follow the measures proposed to curb the virus’s spread. Currently, operations have resumed, with few students being at the research centers and others observing and learning via zoom meetings.

To sum up, NASA stated that the UGA students have an opportunity to chip into their programs with their ideas, provided they are relevant. The agency also plans to display launch operations for students to learn more details and rectify where they view amendments will be tolerable.


World Space Week 2020 Celebration to be Held

 An international celebration run by the U.N to celebrate space science is expected to take place next week, and it will allow for public participation in the event. The celebration, referred to as the World Space Week, is held every year, running from 4th October to 10th October, and this year’s gala program will be mainly focused on satellites.

The week features events presented by space agencies involved, aerospace companies, museums, schools, and astronomy clubs. With the Covid19 pandemic, this year’s event is expected to be different though strict measures have been put in place to ensure there is no spread of the virus. 

During an interview with, Maruska Strah, the executive director of the World Space Week Association, this year’s theme will be the satellites’ comprehensive advantages as things that we do not usually have in our thoughts and take them for granted. He further stated that while the world is still connected even with the pandemic, it is thanks to the satellites. 

While speaking to, the World Space Week Association President, Dennis Stone, stated an ongoing revolution in the satellite sector with a heightened range of ease of access and uses. There is a need to view with open minds what’s taking place in the satellite sector. On giving his examples of the industry’s emerging trends, Dennis talked about the development of CubeSat and the LEO mega-constellations. He further stated that satellites over a broad array of applications, especially in global issues like animal migration and the spread of diseases.

According to Strah and Stone, the event organizers will be forced to cut on the number of events expected to take place during the expo due to public safety concerns, especially when the world is faced with the covid19 pandemic. Stone further added that though this is an obstacle, there are many ways in which science can be brought to the people at home and encouraged those taking place in celebrations to honor space and satellites to do so in a safe way. He gave an example of a simple task that was not putting anyone in danger like parents and their children coming out in their backyards at dusk and searching for satellites and trying to learn more about them and their capabilities.

Strah was also optimistic about the worldwide connection, which can be brought about by virtue events where digital gatherings can bring together people from different parts globally without having to travel.