U-M prepares to launch student built satellite

Students at the University of Michigan are known as the leaders and the best. Now they're taking that reputation from this world to the next as the university prepares to launch its first student-built satellite into space.

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It's only 6.5 pounds and about the size of a loaf of bread. But when it launches into space, scheduled for Friday night, it will make history for the University of Michigan.

At 8:24 p.m. Friday, a group of U-M engineering students will be focused on a launchpad in Alaska as they wait for the satellite they spent two years building to blast off. It will be a nerve-wracking experience for the team.

"I certainly get goose bumps when I think about it," said James Cutler, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at U-M.

It will be the first craft completely built by U-M students to launch into space. And when it gets there, it will conduct experiments on space weather.

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