Puerto Rico satellite launch to space postponed

SpaceX Mission 23 with the Falcón 9 spacecraft that includes the Puerto Rico Cubesat NanoRocks2 (PR-CuNaR2) satellite, designed and built by Puerto Rican hands, was postponed until early Sunday morning due to weather conditions in the Cabo area. Canaveral in Florida.

The PR-CuNaR2 was designed and developed by students and Professor Amílcar Rincón Charris from the School of Engineering at the Bayamón campus of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. The launch has been rescheduled for 3:14 am Sunday morning from the Kennedy Space Center.

The teacher and students were ready this morning for the historic event, when the SpaceX Twitter account announced the postponement of the launch due to weather conditions in the area. Interviewed by Wapa Televisión, Puerto Ricans showed resignation to the postponement, although they are hopeful that tomorrow the launch will be achieved that will take their satellite into space, which for the next two years will orbit the earth and study the origin and development of planets, stars and asteroids. .

“Today it was not possible, but we have hope for tomorrow, 20 minutes before today. I felt it as a practice, tomorrow we will be here again, we will be until it is launched ”, explained Professor Rincón Charris.

Once the launch is complete, the satellite will make a journey of about nine hours from Earth to the International Space Station. There you will be picked up by an astronaut who will keep you at the Station until approximately September or October. An extendable arm will then be used to eject the satellite into space at a height of 400 kilometers.

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In space, the satellite will orbit the earth every hour and a half. That is, it will go around 16 times around the earth in one day. There it will remain for a period of approximately two years, until it disintegrates in the atmosphere.

The satellite weighs 5.6 pounds and is four inches wide by four inches long and 12 inches high. “It is a small satellite that has all the components the same as a large telecommunications satellite that we know, and with which we are going to be carrying out a scientific mission to evaluate how particles behave in microgravity,” he explained to Metro the teacher Charris Corner.

Some 65 students were part of the development of the PR-CuNaR2 that began in 2018, although the design and construction prototype began in 2013.

Here you can see an interview with Professor Rincón Charris:

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