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Nebraska students to make history with research satellite


November 9, 2023

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Assembly line • Big Red Satellite team members assemble a deployer, a metal container that will store the satellite until it reaches the International Space Station.

Nebraska's first-ever research satellite will be heading to space in March if the Big Red Satellite Team has its way. The cube-shaped satellite, called a CubeSat, is scheduled to orbit the Earth and test the effectiveness of an emerging type of solar cell.

The Big Red Satellite Team includes eighth- through 11th-grade students from Nebraska, as well as members of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Aerospace eXperimental Payloads team. The AXP team members lead the planning and building of the CubeSat and mentor the middle and high school students.

The team consists of approximately 24 middle...

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