May 19, 2016 – STMSat-1 assigned NORAD Catalog Number 41476 and Designation 1998-067HW
May 16, 2016 – Successful deployment of STMSat-1 from the International Space Station!
Kids Launch Out-of-this-World Science Project (CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley)
Virginia School Launches Satellite (by Mark Albert)
March 5, 2016 – Astronauts on the International Space Station have conducted hundreds of experiments and launched many satellites, but now they are set to deploy a satellite that elementary age students at a school in Virginia built. Their satellite hitched a ride on a NASA rocket late last year, and it will be released into space in the next few days. Mark Albert reports.
February 2016 – Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft, the “Deke Slayton II”, has completed unberthing and separation operations from the International Space Station following a highly successful mission. The ISS crew released Cygnus at07:26 Friday morning (February 19th) after 72 days of docked operations. It performed a destructive re-entry the next day.
This was our ride to the ISS, it served us well !
December 10, 2015 – Crew of the International Space Station open hatch to Cygnus spacecraft – watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jmqmQDivls
December 9, 2015 – Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-4 Rendezvous with ISS
December 8, 2015 – Cygnus OA-4 Array Deploys 3FPS
December 6, 2015 – Orbital ATK CRS-4 Cygnus Spacecraft Separation – watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHY-yUA4Hds
December 6, 2015 –at 21:44 UTC an Atlas V rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Station. The Cygnus spacecraft carrying STMSat-1 is on its way to the International Space Station! Delivery is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9, 2015.
December 3, 2015 – STM CubeSat Will Launch From International Space Station From The Kennedy Space Center – NASA video – https://youtu.be/t3_5ahJ0-Lw
October 2015 – For more than three years now, STM students, faculty, staff and parents have been anxiously focused on the school’s participation in an effort to become the first elementary school “in the world” to develop, build and test a cube satellite suitable for launching to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of a NASA sponsored science and engineering program designed to involve educational institutions and their students in actual, real world space exploration and missions.
In February 6, 2014 St. Thomas More Cathedral School (STM) was among 16 institutions and laboratories to have their cube satellite concepts approved for potential deployment into outer space. Among the other notable institutions to join STM on that highly selective list were the likes of MIT, UCLA, the University of Michigan and Marquette University.
Following its selection, STM and its entire student body went into high gear in constructing its cube satellite, getting it tested and preparing it for delivery and further testing by NASA. Approval for launching was obtained in 2014, and an initial launch date was scheduled for later that year. Problems with rocket launches in September 2014 and early 2015 resulted in several postponements of STM’s tentative launch dates.
But it now appears to be time to actually “fasten your seatbelts everyone!!!”
STM’s cube satellite is now scheduled for launching on December 3, 2015, along with other supplies and experiments intended for delivery to the ISS, on top of an Atlas rocket set to take off out of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
All systems appear to be “GO”, and if no further delays occur, STM is set to finally become the “first elementary school in the world”, to place a satellite into low earth orbit in outer space (albeit with NASA’s help, of course). Our cube satellite’s intended purpose is to photograph low altitude asteroids hurtling into earth’s atmosphere before burning up in our atmosphere.
So prepare to put on your best STM pride on big display and keep your antennae up for further developments as December approaches.
In the world of education, this could just be as big as SPUTNIK!!!!
June 2015 – The antenna was installed on top of the Mission Operations Center.
We have been assigned to a new launch. STMSat-1 will be launched to the International Space Station on November, 19th from the Kennedy Space Center.
The first task for the students when they return to school will be testing the Mission Operation Center communication system. They will be tracking and receiving data from Low Earth Orbit spacecraft.
Since the launch is now in Florida, the students will be able to view the launch in person.
Please continue to visit our website over the summer for the latest mission up-dates.
Godspeed STMSat-1 !
May 2015 – With the help of NanoRacks, the STMSat-1 spacecraft passed the fit-check with the flight deployment system and the vibration test.
April 2015 – Check out the latest images of the STMSat-1 Satellite (Flight Hardware)
February 2015 – St. Thomas More Cathedral School Establishes Canadian RMOC
October 2014 – The students continue to participate in space related activities. This month they learned about Computer Aided Design (CAD), rapid prototyping (3D printing) and engineering model testing. The students will visit the Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft bus that will carry the CubeSat to the International Space Station. This visit will take place in early November.
September 2014 – Everyone is really excited about the launch in April 2015. The students will have a day off school to watch the launch on Wallops Isand, Virginia.
June 2014 – STM students shared with Catholic Life TV how they intend to explore God’s Universe with their very own satellite.
June 2014 – Students are working on a new strategy for deploying the antenna using fishing line and the natural heat produced by a resistor.
St. Thomas More Cathedral School will be the first Pre K—8 school in the United States to have a student-built satellite launched into orbit in 2015. With the help of STM parents, Joe Pellegrino and Steve Rozzi, STM students are building a CubeSat satellite, called STMSat-1. STMSat-1 will be launched into space and then will collect data that will be transmitted back to the school for research purposes in math and science.
The payload includes a medal blessed by Pope Francis, an earth observation/near earth object camera, a capsule filled with personal items from our STM Annual Auction winners, and an etched metal plate including all the signatures of all STM students, faculty and staff. The metal plate will be made from a paper that all the students have signed. The metal plate has not been created yet and we are offering the opportunity for parish members to sign their name into history. The signature paper will be available on June 1 and June 8 after the 9:30 am and 11:00 am Masses.January 2015 – The STMSat-1 has been selected to launch out of Wallops Island on the eastern shore of Virginia in January 2015. Our spacecraft will be deployed via NanoRacks. We will launch from an Orbital rocket and then be deployed from the International Space Station in February or March of 2015. STM is so thrilled that our cubesat is on the right track! Godspeed STMSat-1!
February 6, 2014
NASA Announces Fifth Round of CubeSat Space Mission Candidates
- April, 2014
Museums Offer Hands-On STEM Opportunities
- September 3, 2013
ATK Engineer Helps Kids Reach for the Stars
- August 22, 2013
The Kids are the Stars
- June 14, 2013
From Classroom to Orbit: Arlington School Kids Build a Satellite
- May 24, 2013
Arlington school aims to launch satellite
- May 22, 2013 – VIDEO
First Elementary School in United States to Launch Satellite
- May 22, 2013
Mission Possible Program – Successful Aerial Test of CubeSat
- May 17, 2013
St. Thomas More Cathedral School… Update On The CubeSat Mission… (Satellite)
- April 26, 2013
Young Students Aim to be Among First to Launch Small Satellite
- April 24, 2013
Mission possible – Students learn about space by launching a satellite.
- April 22, 2013
St. Thomas More Students Gear Up for Possibility of Satellite Launch>