Stall Students Build Payload Satellite Recently Launched in Space

R.B. Stall High School students built a thinsat (a payload satellite) that launched this month

Thanks to an invitation from NASA and Destination SPACE, an all-female team from R.B. Stall High School worked on a project to construct a ThinSat (a small satellite currently transmitting data from low-earth orbit).

It was launched on NASA’s Antares rocket earlier this month and orbited the earth for five days before burning up. R.B. Stall is currently the only school in the state of South Carolina participating in the project.

The six members on this all-female crew are helping to promote the ‘can-do’ opportunities available in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). The girls are from a variety of cultural backgrounds and support each other in understanding the importance of being in school, and in focusing on STEM-related fields.

Students testing the equipment with a drone

The team constructed the payload/satellite sensors and measured the magnetic field, temperature, UVA/UVB, and visible light. Click here to see a video showing the process of the launch, and the manner in which the sensors will operate and more.

Two of the six female crew involved attended a space camp training in July 2018. There, Stephanie Wilson and Imani Henderson were able to have the opportunity to learn about the process of how the sensors work and how the students can track the sensors on the payloads as they prepared for the launch on the Antares rocket.

The following month, the team went to Clemson University to work, and train, mechanical engineering students on how to attach these payloads to high-altitude weather balloons to continue to test and practice using these sensors.


The Thinsat Girls from Stall with the NASA Space Grant Director for SC. She came to visit the girls and talk about STEM fields

“This team has had the amazing opportunity to involve themselves into something they never dreamed of being able to do,” said Maria Royle, an ESOL teacher with a dual certificate in ESOL and Science. “For them to learn that it is okay to be challenged, to accept the challenge, and to look at the challenge in the face and not walk away is amazing.”

Team members: Stephanie Wilson – Lead Person/attended space camp Imani Henderson – Lead Person/attended space camp Danielle Higgins – Team member Kyla Wright – Team member Sammi Chen – Team member Karen Alonzo -Team member.

Testing the equipment with a drone

To learn more about the ThinSat Girls from Stall, under the team of NASA Langley visit and or contact Maria Royle at [email protected]

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