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Wallops Launches Rocket With 29 Satellites


WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.-A Minotaur rocket with more than two dozen satellites launched into space Tuesday night from Wallops Island.

The launch was organized by the Air Force and most of the satellites belong to them but some were built by college and high school students from across the country.

"It's really an awesome experience and I've got a something that's going to be flying around the earth, it's really amazing," said Ian Maloney, a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. "I never expected in my wildest dreams yo be doing something like this."

Ian Maloney and his classmates at the Naval Academy are just a few of the students sending satellites into the sky Tuesday night from Wallops.

"13 of the  29 spacecraft are collegiate and a high school constructed satellites," said Michael Kleiman with the U.S. Air Force.

The students worked for months to see their hard work travel more than 300 miles in low-earth orbit.

"It's really exciting, we spent a lot of time working on it over at the Naval Academy and hopefully we'll see data coming down from it and our data will be used for future satellites," said midshipman Chuck Newman.

Though the work doesn't end when the satellite is launched.

"The satellite is going to go up and our ground station back at the Naval Academy is gonna receive the telemetry from it, identify that is in fact our satellite and everything's working and we have positive communication from it," Maloney said.

A lot of science but the emotion behind it all is easy to translate.

"I'm thrilled," Newman said. "I'm just excited we got to see it launch."

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