ND Satellite Research Contest
Research Contest with Prize Money!
The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium is working with the North Dakota State Historical Society to develop an exhibit for the new addition to our state’s Heritage Center in Bismarck that will address North Dakota in recent history.
Through funding provided by Space Grant, Pablo de Leon and UND students will build an actual size satellite that will hang from the ceiling of the Heritage Center.
Space Grant is considering six possible satellites:
Syncom 1 (launched 1961) NASA communications satellite
TIROS 1 (launched 1960) weather satellite
Intelsat 1—Early Bird (launched 1965) commercial communications satellite
Explorer 1 (launched 1958) first satellite launched by the US
Telstar 1 (launched 1962) first satellite to relay television signals
Relay (launched 1962) communications satellite
Here are the details: Choose one of the satellites. Determine its relevance to North Dakota. Did it have ground stations in the state? What impact did it have on the citizens of North Dakota? Did the satellite have any long term consequences for the quality of life of people here? Include any other relevant and interesting connection you may establish through your research. Sources must be authentic. You may submit research on as many of the six satellites as you choose. A detailed explanation of the reason for the selection of each satellite is necessary.
The one who establishes the best ND connection to the satellite selected will win a prize of $250! That is correct.....$250!!!
Submit your research to Suezette Bieri (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 1, 2010.
Dr. Santhosh Seelan
Director, ND Space Grant