Newsmakers

0

[video] CSI Students to Launch Satellite

September 30, 2016

YouTube Preview ImageThe Astrophysical Observatory at the College of Staten Island (CSI) has been a project magnet where undergraduates have explored various research inquires. Recent endeavors include monitoring solar flares as they hit the Earth, communication with geostationary satellites and polar weather satellites, and hunting and tracking dangerous asteroids, to name a few.

The current satellite project is led by CSI alumnus Karl Francis with student members of the Society of Woman Engineers and other STEM majors participating in the undertaking.

“As a professor who believes research participation for undergraduates is very important for their college experience, I have, over the years, helped launched numerous such projects,” commented Irving Robbins, Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Physics at CSI.

The project consists of a few phases. First is the construction of the satellite (students have used 3D printers to model aspects of it). Next, they installed electronics to monitor the satellite motion and rotational aspects. As the satellite, which will be in a decaying orbit, moves to its ultimate demise within a few months, notional data will be stored on board. The students are using the CSI Observatory’s nine-foot radio dish to track the satellite when it passes over Staten Island and collect the notional data of the satellite’s decay. The students are hoping that the data gained will help in the study of a serious problem of space debris, and they plan to send the data to NASA, as well as military officials and other agencies working on this issue.

Initial monies to buy the materials came from a PSC CUNY Grant and CSI Observatory funds. These funds will be used to pay for the launch from an island south of Fiji next year.

“Projects like this and the many others developed by CSI faculty not only are great motivators, but also help STEM-subject students get a first-rate education at our College,” Robbins said.

 

 

 

By Sara Paul


Comment with Facebook



Dolphins Digest »

FLASHBACK FRIDAY – #10 HALL OF FAME HONORS SIX IN 2016

Jun 23 – Flashback Friday looks at the top moments from the 2016-17 athletic year at the College of Staten Island.  It’s time to introduce our countdown this more »




 

  • Calling the Class of 2017! Together we can pay it forward to the next generation of CSI students. #CSI2017ClassGift… https://t.co/kx8wEkN7TZ 7 hours ago
  • The new Excelsior Award is here and the application deadline is rapidly approaching June 7- July 21. Apply today :… https://t.co/Fvn3nQXfUn 8 hours ago
  • There is still time to register for Summer courses! The next session begins July 3-27 https://t.co/xUaLbLB8eS https://t.co/Afu1awwfy5 9 hours ago
  • RT @IwamaKen: The Staten Island tech ecosystem starts here @techincubatorsi @csinews @CSIContinuingEd #technology #statenisland https://t.c… 1 day ago retweeted via IwamaKen
  • RT @IwamaKen: Celebrating the retirement of @csinews Vice President Ira Persky. https://t.co/U9yItxFLu3 1 day ago retweeted via IwamaKen