For three years, students and professors at CUNY’s Medger Evers College, Cornell University, Queensborough College, The College of Staten Island, Cooper Union, Brooklyn College, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology have worked on the 4×4 inch CubeSat, which NASA will launch into space (as part of a communications satellite) on a day that has yet to be determined.
According to the New York Daily News, over 60 students contributed to programming the mechanical, electrical, communication, date handling, and command systems for the cube. Additionally, it had to be designed to withstand a powerful rocket launch as well as the volatile temperatures of space.
CubeSat will be manned by Medger students upon launch. According to Project Director, Shermane Austin, the cube will spend about 120 days in space.