T-minus 9 hours until TJ launches first high school rocket

Thomas Jefferson High School launches first satellite in history built by high school students. Photo: Thomas Jefferson

WASHINGTON, DC, November 19, 2013 — In only a matter of hours, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA will make history as the first satellite built by high school students to go up in space.

A culmination of $30,000 and seven years of work from 50 students, TJ3Sat launches today at 7:30 pm at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on an Orbital Minotaur I rocket.  TJ3Sat is one of 20 satellites from research or educational institutions in the US selected by NASA as part of its CubeSat Launch Inititative.

The initiative is part of NASA’s larger Educational Launch NanoSatellites (ELaNa) program which attempts to increase interest in aerospace technology. For TJ3Sat and Thomas Jefferson students the goal is to provide data and resources for other high schools who may attempt to build a satellite of their own. 

To find out more or to track TJ3Sat in orbit, visit: http://www.tjhsst.edu/students/activities/tj3sat/index.html


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