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NASA to launch satellite from Discovery Museum into space

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

NASA has chosen a small satellite from the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport to be launched into space in the next few years.

The satellite is among 24 other small satellites to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets in the fourth round of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) program.

"We are thrilled and honored to have been chosen for this unique opportunity as the first CubeSat from our state," said Alan Winick, the director of education at the Discovery Museum.

The satellites will be launched from 2014 until 2016.

After being launched into orbit, the satellite will transmit data to ground stations, including the museum's Mission Control Center.

The museum's satellite will also research payload onboard that will help characterize the amount of uncontrolled material that is in orbit, museum officials said.

"It's really important to understand how much stuff is in our near earth environment, both for future human exploration and for the preservation of orbiting satellites," said Dr. Brendan Hermalyn, the principle investigator for the detector.

The spacecraft will be built and tested in collaboration among the museum, the University of Hawaii/NASA Astrobiology Institute, the University Of Bridgeport Engineering Department and from support with the support of engineers from UTC Aerospace Systems.

The museums CubeSat will be eligible for takeoff once testing and final arrangements with NASA are completed.

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