McNamara welcomes UNITE CubeSat team to the Statehouse

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Wednesday, March 6, 2019 2:20 pm

STATEHOUSE (March 6, 2019) – State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) at the Statehouse honored a group of University of Southern Indiana students with a resolution recognizing their accomplishments in building the UNITE CubeSat, a small research satellite. 

According to McNamara, the University of Southern Indiana in 2016 received NASA’s Undergraduate Student Instrument Project Grant. The UNITE CubeSat project team used the grant to build a satellite to collect plasma and temperature data as it orbits Earth. Members and former members of the team, including Jose Fregozo, Bryan Mitchell, Wyatt Helms, Ryan Loehrlein, Sujan Kaphle and Nathan Kalsch joined McNamara for the House resolution.

“This project was the first spacecraft of its kind in the state, and Dr. Glen Kissel and the CubeSat team showed incredible ambition in its creation,” McNamara said. “The team worked for two years engineering, designing and building this satellite. It’s amazing that these undergraduate students had the opportunity to create and operate a spacecraft, and I commend them on this accomplishment.”

The UNITE CubeSat was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in December of last year, and will orbit the Earth for almost 15 months collecting plasma and temperature data.

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State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76,
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) (center) presents a resolution honoring members of the UNITE CubeSat team Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the Statehouse. The team of University of Southern Indiana undergraduate students engineered, designed and built a satellite that is currently orbiting Earth while collecting plasma and temperature data.