The project, called “Phoenix,” is to design and build a small satellite, the size of a small loaf of bread, called a “3U CubeSat.” "Mini-spacecraft built by ASU students will study urban heat island effect" "On Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6:59 a.m. Arizona time, the Arizona State University-led Phoenix CubeSat was launched into space onboard the Antares II rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia as part of a Cygnus resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The project began in 2015 after their proposal to study the Urban Heat Island Effect was selected as part of the NASA undergraduate student instrument project. Students will be working in labs within the School of Earth and Space Exploration as well as the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Amateur operators continued to track the spacecraft throughout the day and share its health beacon with the team, which allowed us to keep tabs on the state of the spacecraft between its passes over ASU. This website uses cookies to make your expierence better and easier. Many have been made by university students, and dozens have been launched into Earth orbit using extra payload mass available on launches of larger spacecraft. Like The State Press on Facebook and follow @statepress on Twitter. The outreach team will then communicate this new knowledge to the community. We don’t know the answer, but we will be one of the first groups to try to answer the question,” said Bell. To Boston and Colorado, to meet with subcontractors. Overseeing all aspects of the spacecraft engineering is the mission’s Chief Engineer and Co-Investigator, Jekan Thanga, an Assistant Professor in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. All rights reserved. Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.Read more top stories from 2019.. Editor's note: The following update was added to this story on Nov. 4, following the successful launch of the Phoenix CubeSat. “No undergraduate student group at ASU has run a satellite in space before.”. By using this website you consent to our use of cookies. Reach the reporter at and follow @wmyskow on Twitter. “Our project is enriched by a collaboration of schools at ASU spanning engineering, science and the arts,” said Jaime Sanchez de la Vega, a sophomore in aerospace engineering and the team’s chief engineer. Launch it. “They’ll will be working on a real project, using a real process, with real risk and the pressure to actually deliver,” says Bowman. Trevor Bautista, a computer engineering master's student and software team member said, "it was an otherworldly experience.". “Within the United States there only about seven institutions that are doing interplanetary CubeSat missions,” said Thanga.

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