Engineers Send UF's First Cube Satellite to Space
Published November 19th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- The final frontier has arrived for a group of engineers in North Central Florida.
A minotaur rocket carrying the first miniature satellite designed and built at the University of Florida blasted off earlier tonight.
It's called SwampSat.
SwampSat took 2 years for a team of UF engineers to build at a cost 250 thousand dollars plus hours of labor.
That money came from state, federal, and industry grants.
It's roughly the size of a softball case, but it serves a higher function.
UF Aerospace Engineer, Norman Fitz-Coy says,
"SwampSat is a technology demonstrator and by that what i mean is that the technology on board SwampSat is for the orientation of the spacecraft it's called attitude control."
SwampSat joined 28 other satellites on the minotaur rocket, that's the most satellites ever onboard a single rocket.
Fitz-Coy says the opportunity through a NASA program called ELaNa or the educational launch of nanosats which gives institutions like uf the chance send their projects into space.
Follow this link for more information on the rocket launch
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