image caption: Three satellites—or Cubesats—similar to the TJ3Sat floating above Earth last year (NASA)by Robinson Meyer
"The satellite will let students talk to other students, in space, through a machine built by children, launched on a deconstructed atomic weapon."
"So, last night, a rocket took off. It launched from an island in Virginia, turned east over the Atlantic Ocean, and sailed into the atmosphere. Aboard were 29 satellites—a record for one launch.
"And one of those satellites? It was built by high schoolers.
"That satellite—in space right now, whizzing over our heads—is called the TJ3Sat. Built by Virginia high-school students and their teachers, it represents over six years of work. It is the first orbiting spacecraft built by high-schoolers.
"You can also interact with it right now. Go outside, bring a short-wave radio, and listen to its specified frequency (437.320 MHz). You’ll hear words spoken by its on-board voice processor, which were converted into waves and beamed back to the ground. Humans submitted those words using an online form—so you’re hearing, via space, the assembled messages of TJ3Sat’s human audience."