NASA Selects MEASAT1 Satellite with Fryeburg Academy’s CubeSat Experiment

Fryeburg Academy is pleased to announce its proposed CubeSat experiment, chosen by the Maine Space Grant Consortium last fall,  will launch on the MESAT1 satellite—the very first satellite from the State of Maine. It’s one of 18 small research satellites selected by NASA to carry auxiliary payloads into space between 2021–23, and is part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative that provides opportunities for nanosatellite science and technology payloads built by universities, schools, and nonprofit organizations to rideshare on space launches.

“We began this venture last year with the formation of our Space Raiders club and working with CubeSat simulators,” says FA’s science teacher Dr. Warren Ziegler. “Since then, we’ve partnered with UMaine Orno and The Wells Estuarine Research Reserve and other partners to leverage their resources and knowledge on our chosen experiment that determines water quality and biological markers through imaging coastal estuaries.”

Ziegler and his club will work with Dr. Ali Abedi from UMaine Orno to assemble the CubeSat satellite experiment— aptly named IMAGER— and Dr. Jason Goldstein who leads the Wells Estuarine Research Reserve in Maine. “Our contributions thus far for the project are the remote sensing and spacecraft attitude control sequences that allow the CubeSat to be controlled inflight,” continues Ziegler. “ The goal is to develop a remote sensing tool by modifying a digital camera to image shallow, coastal waters to distinguish water quality properties such as turbidity and phytoplankton concentration.”  

Currently, Fryeburg Academy has five active team members participating in the Space Raiders club, which includes Kyle Fairfield ‘21, Andrii Obertas ‘21, Artem Laptiev ‘20, Ava Chadbourne ‘21, and Nicholas Zakon ‘21. Additionally, the Academy is working with the University of Southern Maine to build a satellite ground station on campus. 
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List of 5 news stories.

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    On March 4, 41 of Fryeburg Academy’s top Mathletes boarded the bus for the final meet of the season at Telstar High School in Bethel Maine. With sharpened pencils and well-oiled cerebra, the varsity FA squad was on their best game against the 14 other Pi-Cone North math teams from throughout West-Central Maine. 
  • NASA Selects MEASAT1 Satellite with Fryeburg Academy’s CubeSat Experiment

    Fryeburg Academy is pleased to announce its proposed CubeSat experiment, chosen by the Maine Space Grant Consortium last fall,  will launch on the MESAT1 satellite—the very first satellite from the State of Maine. It’s one of 18 small research satellites selected by NASA to carry auxiliary payloads into space between 2021–23, and is part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative that provides opportunities for nanosatellite science and technology payloads built by universities, schools, and nonprofit organizations to rideshare on space launches.
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    On Saturday, January 25, 2020, Fryeburg Academy welcomed 100 plus students from nine different schools from around Maine and New Hampshire to its first hosted VEX V5 Robotics Competition. The day-long event was held in FA’s Ada Cram Wadsworth Arena, where 21 robotic teams competed with the assistance of many volunteers.
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