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NASA to Launch Oakwood School's Student-Designed CubeSat to Space Station
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NASA to Launch Oakwood School's Student-Designed CubeSat to Space Station
by Clarence Oxford
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 26, 2024

NASA has chosen Oakwood School's student-crafted CubeSat, NyanSat, for deployment to the International Space Station, marking a significant achievement as Oakwood emerges as the sole K-12 institution among selectees, predominantly comprising universities and a NASA center. This decision underscores the innovative capabilities and dedication of Oakwood's Spacecraft Systems Engineering students.

The NyanSat project, spearheaded by these students, integrates cutting-edge technology aimed at enhancing educational outreach and pioneering new dimensions in space exploration. Its unique features include an acoustic spacecraft mapping payload and a cryptographic ledger, setting a new benchmark for satellite technology.

Oakwood's commitment to practical, hands-on education in engineering is exemplified by the project's journey from concept to selection, driven by the students' resolve and the guidance of their educators. This milestone not only celebrates the students' hard work but also sets the stage for the satellite's preparation for space travel.

Engineering teacher Michael Lyle praised the students' inventiveness and drive, which propelled NyanSat from a mere idea to a reality, now recognized by NASA. He highlighted the project as a testament to the students' potential and a significant leap forward for Oakwood's engineering program.

Alumna Jillian Bogosian and current students Ruchir Kavulli and Lauren Sorci shared their experiences and learning outcomes from their involvement in the project, emphasizing the real-world application of their skills and their future aspirations in engineering and computer science.

Oakwood School's achievement in having its student-designed CubeSat selected by NASA not only underscores the excellence of its engineering education but also showcases the students' ability to make substantial contributions to the field of science and technology, pointing to a promising future for these young innovators.

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