NASA to launch a satellite designed by Puerto Rican students

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San Juan, Jul 9 (EFE) .- The first satellite designed by students of the Engineering School of the Bayamón campus of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico was authorized to launch into space on a NASA mission, which is expected to be possible occur at the end of August or September, according to a statement released this Friday.

The statement highlights that, after passing the last round of tests at the Nanoracks company in Houston, in the state of Texas, the one known as Puerto Rico CubeSat NanoRocks-2 or (PR-CuNaR2) was authorized to be launched into space.

The satellite is part of NASA’s ElaNa 36 project and will be launched from SpaceX’s Falcón 9 rocket.

Professor Amilcar Rincón, from the Inter-American University, indicated that after passing the tests of electrical connections, dimensions, mass, functionality and final integration, carried out by the company Nanoracks at PR-CuNaR2, a Puerto Rican-designed satellite in space in late August, probably.

He argued that, with this achievement, Puerto Rico will contribute to the study and scientific investigation of the formation of the cosmos.

DEVELOPMENT BEGAN 3 YEARS AGO

The satellite, which began development 3 years ago and in which around 25 students have participated, is made of aluminum, photovoltaic cells and materials approved for use in space.

The PR-CuNaR2, which weighs 5.6 pounds, measures 4 inches wide by 4 inches long and 12 inches high, contains microparticles of stainless steel and silicon that emulate asteroids.

The movements of the microparticles will be recorded as part of a scientific investigation that wants to study the origin of planets and young stars.

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