SwampSat, the first picosatellite developed by researchers in the College of Engineering, will be launched into space today from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Norman Fitz-Coy is the director of UF’s Space Systems Group, which designed and built the 4-inch cube satellite. On its mission, SwampSat will test an onboard, miniaturized flight attitude stabilization system. It is the first of its kind, and was developed by UF engineers. It will be one of 29 satellites carried into space aboard a Minotaur I rocket for the U.S. Air Force ORS-3 mission — the most ever aboard a single rocket.