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F.C. Imaging Company Helps With International Space Station Payload

Students learn from Explorer's Club member Curt Westergard on how to mount and loft their evolving satellite using a large helium aerostat balloon.  (Photo: NASA)
Students learn from Explorer’s Club member Curt Westergard on how to mount and loft their evolving satellite using a large helium aerostat balloon. (Photo: NASA)

Falls Church-based Digital Design & Imaging Service, Inc. tested a “cube sat” or nano satellite, flown to 800 feet by a tethered balloon last winter. Made by students from St. Thomas More School in Arlington, the small cube is aboard the Cygnus rocket which blasted off from Kennedy Flight Center at 4:44 p.m, Monday, December 7 en route to the International Space Station. It will be released from the station and circle the earth’s orbit for approximately one year.

Digital Design & Imagine Service lifted the small bundle of electronics and a camera to various altitudes to test communication links as the Space Station passed overhead.

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