Years of planning, design, and testing have finally paid off for hundreds of Georgia Tech students and young alumni who make up the brain trust behind the first-ever Tech-built satellite sent to space.
Prox-1 is about the size of a suitcase, weighs 154 pounds, and is extremely delicate. The solar panels that help power the spacecraft cannot be touched by bare human hands. Any sensor or microcomputer moved out of its proper positioning can prevent the satellite from operating.
Before the launch, Georgia Tech aerospace graduate and a former mission manager for Prox-1, Teresa Spinelli, met up with Bill Nye at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center