USI Team Builds Satellite Heading to Space Station

Posted: Updated:
(photo courtesy of NSWC Crane) (photo courtesy of NSWC Crane)
EVANSVILLE -

A team of students from the University of Southern Indiana designed and built a satellite that launched last week on a SpaceX rocket heading for the International Space Station. The satellite will collect data for NASA research until the end of its life cycle in January 2020.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane says the students worked on the satellite as part of the multi-year, undergraduate Nano Ionospheric Temperature Explorer, or UNITE, CubeSat project. USI student Ryan Loehrlein, who is also an intern at NSWC Crane, called working on the NASA-funded project a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"It's rare for a student be part of an academic engineering project from the early planning stages to implementation," said Loehrlein. "I've been able to gain a unique perspective throughout the research, design, construction, and testing process and I look forward to data collection after launch. Working with a group of smart and talented students has shown me anything can be done with teamwork."

Loehrlein, who is studying mechanical engineering and finance at USI, says the UNITE CubeSat is the first satellite built by a public institution in Indiana. The satellite will deploy from the space station in about one to three months and will orbit the Earth for a year collecting data, weather measurements, temperatures and orbital decay of the spacecraft.

NSWC Crane says the satellite's main mission is to collect data at the end of its life cycle in the ionosphere, or during the final hours the satellite re-enters the Earth's atmosphere just prior to disintegration. 

  • Perspectives

    • Take Time to Face Reality

      When is the last time that you as a business owner truly stopped for 30 minutes or an hour and truly took some quiet time to reflect on your business? Like most owners, it’s probably been quite some time. We all get busy doing things, working hard, taking care of customers, running the business. But if we don’t take some time each day, week, month or quarter to slow down, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Business leaders and owners need the time to slow down to...

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • (Image provided by the Capital Improvement Board.)

      Indy Alters Plans for Downtown Hotels

      The city of Indianapolis has announced plans to change the framework for a major project in downtown Indy that has sparked controversy. The $120 million project, announced in October 2018, calls for an expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and two new hotels at Pan Am Plaza, which would add about 1,400 rooms. The project has drawn criticism from a group of hoteliers, who have expressed concern of a potential oversaturation in downtown Indy. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett issued...

    • (Photo Courtesy: Roche Diagnostics)

      Roche VP on List of Influential Women Executives

      An executive with Roche Diagnostics has joined an exclusive list of prominent and influential women, including Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams.  Cindy Carlisle, Vice President of Human Resources at Roche Indy, was named to Savoy Magazine’s 2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America. 

    • Shelly Timmons

      IU Health Names New Leader of Neurosurgery

      The Indiana University School of Medicine and IU Health Physicians have named Shelly Timmons to lead the department of neurosurgery. She previously served at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as vice chair for administration in the department of neurosurgery and director of neurotrauma.  

    • Bank of America Merrill Lynch Adds Mar

      Bank of America Merrill Lynch has named Lucia Mar as senior vice president and the newly created position of Indiana market executive for Global Commercial Banking. She most recently served as market manager for the Greater Tennessee market in business banking. Prior to becoming a market manager, Mar was a senior relationship manager with the healthcare and institutions team.

    • Elanco is headquartered in Greenfield.

      Elanco Finishes Deal on Pet Therapeutics Purchase

      Greenfield-based Elanco Animal Health Inc.(NYSE: ELAN) completed its purchase Thursday of Aratana Therapeutics (Nasdaq: PETX), a pet therapeutics company located near Kansas City. As Inside INdiana Business first reported Tuesday Aratana shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of the $245 million deal.