Five high schools in the city of Irvine are embarking on an exciting 12 month engineering project to design, build and launch a nanosatellite, CubeSat, into space. The Irvine01 CubeSat project will involve teams from Beckman HS, in the Tustin Unified School District, and four Irvine Unified School District high schools, Irvine, Northwood, University and Woodbridge. This exciting, work-based learning project is setting the bar high for team-work and project-based learning, as each team is responsible for just one portion of building the nanosatellite, from software to power design, and then collaborate to put it all together and tested for a 2017 launch. Mentors from the satellite industry and universities from around the nation are providing guidance for the teams.

About CubeSat and Nasa’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program.
Managed by the Launch Services Program (LSP) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ELaNa reaches students by introducing educational spaceflight in high schools and colleges across the United States.

Students are heavily involved in all aspects of the mission from developing, assembling, and testing payloads to working with NASA and the launch vehicle integration teams. The ELaNa nanosatellites, or CubeSats, are held to rigorous standards similar to that of the primary spacecraft. Source: CHECK OUT THE SITE