Idaho students, professors anxiously await rocket launch to test Idaho's first satellite

Posted at 9:31 PM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 23:31:44-05

Sitting next to the Pacific Ocean, a rocket will carry Idaho's first satellite into space.

A team of students and professors from NNU created Maker Sat Zero. The cube satellite will test plastics to find the best one to use in 3D printing in outer space.

The Delta 2 Rocket that will take the satellite into space is so powerful with its nine boosters that people can feel the compression miles away.

At the top is the JPSS or the Joint Polar Satellite System, which will be used to increase weather forecasting accuracy. 

Underneath the JPSS are different cube satellites, including the one built by NNU students which will be deployed out of a peapod. 

About two hours after launch, the team will find out if Maker Sat Zero does what it's designed to do.

“Obviously you want it to turn on and you want to hear from it. So that's a big success for us right there, but getting the data back is up there as well,” said  NNU student Braden Grim. 

“That's the moment of truth it's either there or it's not there. There's no two ways about it, so that'll be a nerve wracking moment,” said NNU professor DR. Steve Parke. 

While they are aware there are many things that can go wrong, the undergraduate engineers have never doubted their mission and are optimistic about its success.

Go for launch is set for Tuesday, 1:47 a.m. PST (or 2:47 a.m. MST).