Robersville Middle School Launches Satellite to International Space Station

Check out this short video about Robertsville Middle School students’ visit to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for the NASA RamSat, launch.

In June 2021, a spring-loaded arm aboard the International Space Station (ISS) released the RamSat satellite into Earth’s orbit. RamSat, a small nanosatellite, weighs less than three pounds. It is the cumulation of seven years of work and was touched by hundreds of Oak Ridge students.

The Robertsville Middle School NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative project, dubbed “RamSat” for the school’s ram mascot, got its official start with the 2015–16 school year. It launched on June 3, 2021, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, bound for the ISS. Eleven days later, it was deployed into orbit from the ISS, 250 miles above Earth. Traveling about 17,000 miles per hour, RamSat will make a complete orbit of Earth every 90 minutes. The satellite will take pictures of the forests around Gatlinburg, which were destroyed by wildfire in 2016.