Mission to Space: IGNITE Satellite Program
Neptune Rocket

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


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. 

Questions? Please contact::

Danielle Nixon
Director of Communications and Community Relations

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