Student-built DANDE satellite set for September launch

A satellite designed and built by CU-Boulder undergraduates is slated to launch into Earth orbit Sept. 15. Known as the Drag and Neutral Density Explorer satellite, or DANDE, the spacecraft will collect data 200 to 300 miles above the Earth to help scientists better understand drag forces on satellites, including the effects of solar activity that increase atmospheric density, causing satellite orbits to degrade more quickly. Roughly 150 CU-Boulder students were involved in designing and building the spacecraft, which is about 20 inches in diameter and weighs just over 100 pounds.