Idaho’s first satellite to be launched November 14

Last Updated 16 November, 2017

UPDATE: The launch has been delayed until Saturday, Nov. 18.

Idaho’s first satellite, MakerSat-0, is scheduled to launch into space aboard a Delta II rocket at 2:47 a.m. MST Tuesday, Nov. 14, from Vandenberg Air Force Base. A CubeSat designed by students at Northwest Nazarene University and Caldwell High School, MakerSat-0 will carry electronics that will, for the first time in history, collect real-time data on the effects of the harsh environment of space on 3D-printed polymer materials.

“This is the first of two MakerSat missions that we’re launching in partnership with Made In Space,” said Dr. Stephen Parke, NNU engineering professor and faculty lead. “The MakerSat missions will provide the space community with invaluable test data on how these materials react to oxygen plasma, ultraviolet and ionizing radiation, vacuum, extreme temperatures, and micrometeorite collisions.”

This project was made possible through funding by Idaho Space Grant Consortium and partnerships with Made in Space, Near Space Launch, NASA, NanoRacks, and Plexus. MakerSat-0 is one of five CubeSats chosen for NASA’s ELaNa XIV mission on this launch, which was enabled by NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. Vanderbilt University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Embry-Riddle University and DSTG Australia are the other institutions with CubeSats on this launch.

“This team of NNU engineering students has been tirelessly dedicated to seeing the MakerSat missions come to reality over the past three years,” said Parke. “I am so proud of them! We are thankful to the Lord, our Maker, for blessing us with this opportunity to do ground-breaking science and technology here at NNU for the benefit of the world.”

Lead by Dr. Stephen Parke and Dr. Joshua Griffin, the NNU MakerSat-0 team includes six engineering students: Braden Grim, Mitch Kamstra, Robert Hance, Connor Nogales, Aaron Ewing, Keith Moilanen and Benjamin Campbell.

Watch the launch live on NASA TV or at the NNU launch party at 2:15-3:15 a.m. on Nov. 14 in the Jackson Auditorium, Thomas Family Health and Science Center, 603 E. Dewey, Nampa, Idaho.

Learn more about the MakerSat project→