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Virginia HS Students Build Satelite for Orbital Sciences

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High school students from Alexandria, Va. designed and built a satellite for Orbital Sciences that will launch into space from a Minotaur I rocket Tuesday.

Students at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology built the TJ3Sat and with payload that works convert strings of text to voice and transmitted back to Earth via radio frequencies, Orbital announced Wednesday.

The students used Stanford University and California Polytechnic State University’s CubeSat standard design and released the TJ3Sat’s design and operations data to the public.

Minotaur I is intended to carry more than two dozen secondary payloads when it launches aboard the U.S. Air Force‘s OR-3 rocket.

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