Team that built the first satellite launched by SSU are (left to right) Ben Cunningham, Steve Anderson (SSU equipment technician), Kevin Zack (project student lead, holding satellite), Hunter Mills and Dr. Garrett Jernigan (mentor). Cunningham, Zack and Mills are SSU undergraduate physics majors.
A very small satellite built by a team of Sonoma State University (SSU) and Morehead State University (MSU) students has been successfully launched into outer space to measure the magnetic field of the earth.
Called T-LogoQube the one-pound satellite, measuring 5 cm x 5 cm x 15 cm, was carried by a Russian DNEPR-1 rocket as it thundered into orbit on Nov. 21 from Dombarovsky Cosmodrome at Yasny, Russia.
It carried an Italian micro-satellite called Unisat-5 which actually released the student-made satellite into space. The launch is a first for SSU and breaks new ground for the University's physics and astronomy department allowing it to do space-based measurements with its own equipment.