Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Minotaur Rocket Carries 29 Satellites Into Orbit

Last week the United States Air Force launched a Minotaur rocket from the Virginia Spaceport, on Wallops Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore.  According to this story in Spacenews, the rocket carried 29 satellites, including twelve from universities and one from the Thomas Jefferson High School in Fairfax County, Virginia.  For a description of NASA's so-called CubeSat Launch Initiative Program, which enables universities and others to launch small satellites, go here.  For a description of the satellite designed and constructed by the students from Thomas Jefferson High school, go            here.

This blogger photographed the Minotaur shortly after liftoff as it sped toward the heavens,  more than 80 miles from my location near Jamestown, Virginia. 

Readers who wish to track the satellite designed and constructed by the students at Thomas Jefferson High School can do so here.