UND Miniature Satellite Approved by NASA for Spring Launch

The Associated Press
Staff Writer

A miniature satellite that University of North Dakota students have been working on for nearly five years has been approved for launch by NASA, which ranked the project as the best of its kind in the nation for the last year.

The so-called CubeSat will be North Dakota's first spacecraft to orbit the earth. The 2-pound device will catch a ride on a supply ship heading to the International Space Station sometime next spring.

About 80 students, some of whom have graduated, worked regularly on the project, and about the same number contributed in a supporting role. It included help from students in several different departments, some of whom investigated licenses, regulations and legal issues.

UND professor and principal investigator Ronald Marsh says the launch is both exciting and nerve-racking.