ORION will welcome the Robertsville Middle School RamSat cube satellite team to a Zoom session on Wednesday evening, October 20.
The Robertsville Middle School CubeSat began its construction in the 2015-2016 school year after Robertsville became the first middle school selected by NASA’s Cube Sat Launch Initiative program. RamSat is a two-unit cube satellite, with dimensions of 20 centimeters by 10 centimeters by 10 centimeters. Its mission is to take pictures of the forests around Gatlinburg, which were destroyed by wildfire in 2016.
RamSat has an educational co-mission to develop a middle school STEM curriculum, a press release said. The mission has been designed and carried out by students, teachers, and mentors. The cube satellite has been dubbed RamSat for the school’s mascot.
The Wednesday Zoom session will start at 7 p.m. It is open to the public.
Here is the link to the Zoom session: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88528735960?pwd=KzY4bnBHcjlhTzg3L3pOcjY0TFovUT09. The meeting ID is 885 2873 5960, and the passcode is 716689.
“This is an opportunity to meet with teachers (Todd Livesay) and some of the mentors (Ian Goethert, Peter Thornton, David Andrews) from Robertsville Middle School, Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Oak Ridge ham radio community, and the Oak Ridge field office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,” the press release said.
RamSat was launched June 3 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as part of SpaceX Commercial Resupply Service to the International Space Station. RamSat was deployed into low earth orbit on June 14 and is currently traveling 17,000 miles per hour, the press release said. RamSat transmits a telemetry beacon every 60 seconds, collects additional telemetry data, and is currently configured to capture photographs over the Smoky Mountains when conditions are ideal.
This press release was submitted by David E. Fields.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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