Jan 27, 2010 6:55 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

University of Colorado student-designed satellite wins NASA approval

A cube-shaped communications satellite designed and built by University of Colorado at Boulder students has been selected as one of three university research satellites to be launched into orbit by NASA.

The satellite, named Hermes, was designed and built over a period of about two and one-half years.

"This is great news for the students and for the Colorado Space Grant Consortium," said Chris Koehler, director of the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, or COSGC, which is headquartered at CU-Boulder. "This is a homegrown CU-Boulder satellite and these students have pushed the capabilities of communication systems by integrating them into a very tiny satellite."

The satellite is scheduled to be launched in November.


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