The student chapter of the Louisiana Engineering Society hosted its Annual Engineering and Technology Expo on Wednes
Cheers erupted in the CAPE-2 lab in Madison Hall when the Minotaur 1 rocket lifted off from NASA’s Wallops Island, Va., facility at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
The launch sent the second small satellite designed and built by UL Lafayette students into space.
After the clapping, congratulatory exchanges and high-fives ended, a small group of students headed for their control stations, where they received a signal that let them know the satellite was where it should be: in orbit about 225 miles above Earth.
The CubeSat, a communication device that weighs about 2 pounds, zips around the globe at about 17,000 mph. That’s about once every 90 minutes.
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