Cornell University CubeSat for WSJ / by Brett Carlsen

There are times when you get an assignment that is just too cool, meaning it's the nerdiest thing you've seen in a while and you'd rather listen and learn than make photographs. This was one of those assignments for me.

I was asked by The Wall Street Journal recently to photograph Cornell University's CubeSat program. You may be thinking what I was, "what is a CubeSat?" Well from my basic understanding, they are small satellites or space craft that travel on the small unused spaces within bigger spacecraft often made by research teams.

It was so incredible to see these students, all barely old enough to rent a car, finding new and innovative ways to use these tiny spacecraft to discover new things. As a nerd I also loved seeing the ingenuity for example using a tape measure as the antenna (pictured below) or using programming tools like Raspberry Pi to operate the systems.

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