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UF reaches into space with design of tiny satellite

Published: April 9th, 2012

Category: Spotlights

UF's Small Satellite Design and Development Lab in the College of Engineering

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll visited the University of Florida campus Friday for the unveiling of SwampSat, the first small satellite designed and built by UF’s Small Satellite Design and Development Lab in the College of Engineering.

The 4-inch-cubed satellite is scheduled to launch in July 2013 on a mission that will test an onboard flight attitude stabilization system developed by UF engineers that is the first of its kind.

After speaking to an audience gathered at the Nanoscale Research Facility, Carroll joined students and researchers in the lab at the New Engineering Building as they initiated the communication system that will be used to maintain contact with the satellite once in orbit.

SwampSat’s first official message transmitted during Friday’s test? “The Gator Nation is everywhere.”

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