UB students team up with NASA

Space Junk Satellites

BUFFALO, N.Y.(WIVB)- UB students are taking their research to new heights, literally!

Dozens of them are involved in a special project, working with NASA and the United States Air Force.

They’re building a Space Junk Satellite; it’s about the size of a briefcase, and will monitor thousands of man-made objects up in space that could threaten other spacecrafts.

The satellite costs around $10,000 and has to be inspected before it’s ready for launch in 2017.

The students working on the satellite are mostly undergrads; they’re installing dozens of sensors and tiny cameras into the satellite that will help monitor the “junk” it passes while up in space, to help create safer orbits for future satellites and probes.

Luke Joy is going to be a Sophomore at UB, he says being part of the project is a dream come true.

“It was always something I thought, oh cool, it’d be cool to build something that would go into space, like a spaceship or something like that. And I had no idea that coming into Buffalo that I would be able to be working on a satellite you know, right off the bay,” Joy said.

The project will take about seven years to complete.

Students will be contact with NASA and the Air Force periodically during the testing phases.

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