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Mission to Space: IGNITE Satellite Program
Neptune Rocket

THE ENDEAVOR
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.

STUDENT BLOG

TIMELINE
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. 

Questions? Please contact::

Danielle Nixon
Director of Communications and Community Relations
danielle.nixon@raytownschools.org
816-268-7000

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