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BYU Students Build and Launch “Selfie Cam” with NASA

June 2022

After years of engineering, testing, and coordinating with engineers at NASA’s Launch Services Program, Brigham Young University students have created a satellite that is in space on an official NASA mission.

The inexpensive 10-centimeter CubeSat, which includes contributions from more than 60 students over a five-year period, is outfitted with cameras on all six sides, making it possible to detect damage on the exterior of a spacecraft that cannot be seen in other ways. “It’s a satellite that is designed to take pictures of another satellite,” said Professor David Long. “In other words, it’s a spacecraft selfie cam.”

Building and launching the tiny but intricate satellite were impressive feats for students of BYU’s Fulton College of Engineering. Donations that support the inspiring learning initiative provide for hands-on, real-world learning like this.

Read more at BYU News.