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SCI/TECH: First Student Satellite Lifts Off

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posted on Oct, 27 2005 @ 10:03 AM
The first satellite entirely built by students from Europe has launched from Plesetsk, Russia using a Russian Cosmos 3M rocket. The satellite, a 52 kg micro satellite was built by 100 students from nine countries using the internet as the main means of communication between teams. The satellite will be used to take images of earth, carry three tiny "cubesats" to carry out experiments, and act as a transponder to relay amateur radio signals.
The satellite is the first mission of the Student Space Exploration and Technology Initiative (Sseti).

It blasted off aboard a Russian Cosmos 3M rocket in the first launch from the cosmodrome since the loss of Europe's ice mission, Cryosat.

In conjunction with the European Space Agency (Esa), which funds the project, the students hope to construct and launch several micro-satellites and potentially more complex projects such as a moonlander.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Well this is actually a good story for the conspiricy people. Its actually a satellite that is constructed by students that seem unbiased and have plans to launch thier own moonlander.

Video of Launch

video of launch

[edit on 27-10-2005 by North Rider]

posted on Oct, 28 2005 @ 08:22 AM
Now all we need is an ATS satellite.
We'll wrap it in tinfoil so 'they' can't interfere with it.

posted on Nov, 13 2005 @ 11:47 AM
I can't believe I missed this, how cool! This sort of thing really does give light to just how open space is becoming. Yes, of course, launched through Russia, but students launching satellites? That's a big sign of how capable we are of getting out there.

Awesome news.

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