CATSAT, a satellite by UNH students and staff gets new home.

May 11, 2015 3:37 PM

Satellite built by UNH students finds home at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

CONCORD - CATSAT, a satellite by University of New Hampshire students and staff found a new home at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.

The satellite was originally designed by a UNH team in the mid-1990's.

CATSAT beat out more than 60 schools in the NASA challenge and UNH was one of three schools who were given funding to make their design a reality.

CATSAT was set to launch in the late 1990's but a problem with NASA's launch vehicle prevented its deployment. It never got another chance to launch. The satellite went on a country-wide tour before ending up in a barn for the last decade. Over the last few months it was refurbished and today it made its first and final flight at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord.

"I feel like we completed the story of CATSAT," said Mark Granoff, UNH Senior Research Project Engineer and head of the CATSAT project. "It was really sad being in a barn and being sent about the country looking for a home. And now we have a home."

The 25th anniversary of Aerospacefest at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is June 13 and several UNH alumni who worked on the CATSAT project are expected to visit the final resting place of the satellite they worked so hard on.


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