We are devastated to announce that Robert Winglee, director of Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium and of the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline, has passed away. He quite suddenly had a heart attack on December 24 and did not recover.
Robert was passionate about sharing his love of space and space science with others, and his impact went far beyond Seattle or the Pacific Northwest. We invite you to join us in remembering him. Please share your memories of Robert using #WingItLikeWinglee on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
A celebration of his life will be held in the new year — we’ll share details when they’re available.
After five years, 25,000 hours, and work by dozens of students (from high school to graduate level), HuskySat-1 is in space. On Saturday, Nov. 2, a Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia carrying HuskySat-1 among other science investigations and cargo. In January, the spacecraft will deploy its load of CubeSats, sending HuskySat-1 into orbit.
A CubeSat is a small satellite that measures exactly 10 centimeters (about 3 inches) along each side. HuskySat-1 is a “three-unit” system, meaning it’s the shape of a stack of three CubeSat-sized blocks. And students built all of it.
“Usually people buy most of the satellite and build one part of it. We built all the parts,” said Paige Northway, a doctoral student in Earth and Space Sciences. “It was a pretty serious undertaking.”
Just be thankful there are students like Paige Northway and Nathan Wacker, two University of Washington students who think it’s neat to work on stuff like a satellite the size of a shoebox. For most of us, all that is beyond our comprehension. But that’s how things move forward in our high-tech age.
Northrop Grumman launched a robotic Cygnus cargo capsule to the International Space Station today, marking one giant leap for a small satellite built by students at the University of Washington and Seattle’s Raisbeck Aviation High School.