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Left: UA students Del Spangler, Shae Henley, Walter Rahmer and Hilliard Paige designing the CatSat spacecraft, Right: CatSat spacecraft illustration

CatSat Space Mission

CatSat is a spacecraft designed by students at the University of Arizona.

The spacecraft has been built to do 3 tasks:

Pave the way for future small scale satellites to begin venturing into deep space through the use of cutting edge inflatable antenna technology

To perform research about the earths ionosphere. which has never been done before. 

Educate the next generation of scientists and engineers in a real world environment.

CatSat Passes Vibration Testing!

As of Thursday November 10th, the CatSat spacecraft is fully qualified to go to space! A major milestone for a student led project.

Students at all educational levels have been working around the clock to make this mission a success, and now they have a fully functional and tested satellite waiting to go to orbit.

The final test was a vibration test, that simulated the forces experienced when the rocket is going to space. This was done by bolting the spacecraft to a plate that is shook violently in every...

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This glittering view of the Pillars of Creation was delivered by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s Near-Infrared Camera – and it begs to be examined pixel by pixel. The scene may look both familiar and entirely new – NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope viewed it first in 1995 and followed up in 2014, and many other telescopes have stared deeply at this scene. Learn more.

Hubble Image: Rodger Thompson and his colleagues at the UA and other universities first proposed NICMOS for the Hubble Space...

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