UH students build and set to launch their own satelliteUPDATED 8:16 PM HST Sep 03, 2013Video Transcript
They not only built it from scratch ... it's about to be used by THE WORLD. A group of University of Hawaii students are weeks away from launching their own satellite! As KITV4's Lara Yamada shows us -- it's a feat that's caught the attention of NASA, the military, and a host of recruiters. NICK 2415 It's been a long journey. Cradled in his hands: four years of hard work by dozens of University of Hawaii students. NATS 3136 The middle board is our payload board. Piece by piece, bit by bit. It's called a Cube or Nano Satellite. It's mission: NICK 2358-01 We're planning to calibrate military radar stations around the world. ...radar stations like the X-Band - that massive golf ball sitting at Pearl Harbor -- that tracks foreign objects in the sky. NASA's RADCAL satellite USED to do those calibrations -- but it's since died. LARRY 3358-06 I think the best way to describe it is really just relief. 3,4 years of work and we're finally going to be able to launch this thing into space. Students will be delivering their Cube-Sat to a launch vehicle in New Mexico next week. Then, it will join a handful of other student-made projects strapped to a Russian rocket. NICK 2740-45 It's like a jack in the box. It has a spring in the bottom, opens fast, and this things shoots out. LARA STANDUP 3703-15 This is all part of a NASA program where students have to build satellites that fit into one of these, called P- Pods -- everything from imaging satellites, to callibration, to data collection. NATS 2701 Just get out there explore. Nick Fisher -- who plans to join a start up company after college -- will escort their CubeSat to Albuquerque. Project Manager Larry Martin knows... its just one more step... to securing a great future. LARRY 3510-21 I think the industry, government, all those companies with job opportunites, are really starting to take notice, that students are getting involved in projects like this. It's setting the bar higher, but that's a good thing. Lara Yamada KITV4 News.