Mission to Space: IGNITE Satellite Program
A student-led space program is set to take flight at Raytown Quality Schools - Raytown Mission to Space: IGNITE Satellite Program. Over the next 9 months, high school students will partner with Interorbital Systems and Raytown community groups to build and launch a low-orbit satellite - becoming one of a handful of K-12 school districts in the entire country to send a payload into orbit.
Students will develop hands-on experience and skills relating to project management,
engineering, programming, HAM radio operation, photography and marketing. Once in orbit, the satellite will collect information and data to
enhance Raytown's K-12 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum.
September: Students introduced to low orbits and amateur radio concepts
October: Work begins on digital electronics (i.e.,circuit boards and programming)
November: Students program and design a prototype of the Raytown satellite
December: Students test the prototype and collect results
January: Students analyze the results of the prototype tests; refine and rebuild the satellite
February: Final satellite orders are made and assembly begins
March / April: Final pre-launch testing of the satellite
May: Satellite launches into orbit off the coast of California on Interorbital's Neptune Rocket
ABOUT RAYTOWN QUALITY SCHOOLS
Raytown Quality Schools (RQS) has served the youth of Raytown, Missouri, for more than 100 years. With a graduation rate exceeding 83 percent, RQS has earned 11 National Merit Finalist and Scholarship Winners in the past decade alone. Today, RQS has a K-12 enrollment of 8,800 students.
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