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District Unveils New Satellite Project
District Unveils New Satellite Project
Posted on 07/19/2016
RQS sate press conference

Raytown Quality Schools revealed today a new, “out of this world” student-driven space program, Raytown Mission to Space: IGNITE Satellite Program.

Over the next 9 months, Raytown students will work with Interorbital Systems to build, test and launch a low-orbit satellite into space—becoming one of only a handful of K-12 districts in the entire country to send a payload into orbit. 

“This is a 21st century endeavor that will give Raytown students hands-on experience and skills,” Superintendent Dr. Allan Markley said.

“The program is an effort few school districts and communities have pursued, and our students are energized to make it happen. We are excited for our students to begin the mission at the start of the new school year, with our sights set on lift off in 2017.”  

Throughout the yearlong endeavor, students will develop skills relating to project management, engineering, programming, HAM radio operation, photography, and marketing. Students will chronicle their efforts and progress via blog posts and on social media. The public can follow along on Facebook and Twitter at #Raytown2Space.


The satellite is scheduled for launch in May 2017 off the coast of California on Interorbital’s Neptune Rocket. When in orbit, the satellite will collect information and data to enhance Raytown’s K-12 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum. 



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