PCsat 2 in Shipmate Magazine

Mission accomplished for the Naval Academy’s Small Satellite program. As part of NASA’s recent Return to Flight mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery(STS-114),the Academy’s second student prototype communications satellite is now in orbit on the International Space Station (ISS).

The PCSAT2 project is conducted under the Academy’s Small Satellite program with the guidance of Lieutenant Colonel Billy Smith and Senior Research Engineer Bob Bruninga.Resembling a small suitcase,PCSAT2 includes USNA’s communications package,along with MISSE 5,a Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) experiment.Soichi Noguchi, STS-114 mission specialist representing Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency,installed the suitcase on the outside of the ISS,and the satellite is now transmitting data back to Earth.

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