From design to launch, our students work on a project to shrink satellites.
Once every 16 days, a LandSat satellite flies over Carthage as it continues its nonstop polar orbit of Earth. With a billion-dollar budget and a team of hundreds manning its progress, the LandSat program sends 700 multispectral images of Earth back to Earth every day.
If, for just one of those images, LandSat could get a close-up picture of campus — specifically what’s happening in the physics labs of the new Science Center — its engineers might grow a twinge nervous that a team of undergraduates is out to steal their jobs.
Carthage recently received a $277,000 grant from NASA to design, build, and launch a CubeSat, a tiny satellite that will attempt to gather the same data as the LandSat satellite 7,000 times its size.