USI satellite ready for space

May 11, 2018

Credit USI

The University of Southern Indiana says it's ready to send a satellite into space.

USI said in a news release that its micro-satellite called UNITE CubeSat is the first spacecraft to be built at the university.

USI said the device, slightly larger than a loaf of bread, underwent a series of tests and verifications and will be delivered for deployment to the International Space Station in early 2019.

The satellite is the product of a NASA grant to USI, where a team of students, under the mentorship of engineering professor Dr. Glen Kissel, designed, constructed and programmed the CubeSat to NASA specifications.

The satellite is scheduled to measure plasma in the lower ionosphere for eighteen months before returning to Earth to measure orbital decay.