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Fri October 28, 2011
Student-made satellites launch into space
Students at the University of Michigan got to see two satellites they built blast into space today.
Engineering Professor James Cutler said it was an exciting moment for his students to be able to watch the NASA rocket that carried the satellites fire up and launch.
"They see all their theoretical knowledge come to life," said Cutler. "They get to apply everything they’ve been learning to a real-world problem. They get to see things that are real-world and unscripted."
RAX is the name of one of the satellites. It will do atmospheric experiments and measurements for the National Science Foundation.
Noah Klugman is a junior who worked on the second satellite, called M-Cubed. It's flying a technology demonstration mission for NASA. He’ll help operate the satellite from Ann Arbor, and take pictures of Earth.
"I plan on having a lot of fun with that, and getting better with that," Klugman said. "I can’t wait for my first picture to come down."
Video of the launch was provided by NASA: