NNU team to launch rocket with NASA

Aug. 16 launch a no-go, will try again Wednesday
Posted at 7:49 AM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 10:03:36-04

A Northwest Nazarene University engineering team is in Virginia this week - preparing to launch an experiment into space. It's the fifth consecutive year that an NNU team has been selected by NASA. 

An NNU release said NNU's RockSat-X group would launch on Tuesday, August 16 between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. but at 6:30, NASA's Wallops Flight Facility posted, "We have postponed today's sounding rocket launch at Wallops with the RockSat-X payload. We are unable to clears ships from the hazard...we will try again tomorrow with a launch window from 6 - 10 a.m."

A link to the Live Ustream is below, coverage begins at 3:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday. 

The team of students spent the last year designing systems that will test the effectiveness of flexible RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) sensors and ADC’s (Analog to Digital Converters) under the harsh space environment.

At NASA's Wallops Flight Facility this week: NNU engineering students Braden Grim (Melba, Idaho), Mitch Kamstra (Spokane, Wash.), Jameson Krueger (Star, Idaho), and Tyler Hestand (Canby, Oregon). With the students, are NNU Department of Physics and Engineering Chair Dr. Dan Lawrence and NNU Electrical Engineering Professor Dr. Steve Parke. 

This research project is supported by the Idaho Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) and Boise-based companies American Semiconductor, Inc. and PakSense.

Team member Jameson Krueger appreciated his time working on this project. “RockSat-X has been a great opportunity to get actual engineering experience in the aerospace industry," he said. "This experience will be extremely valuable as we graduate and move into our future careers.”

For more about the project, head to the university news page.