Watch live: Launch of Engineering’s MemSat satellite to make history on Monday, May 21

Watch live: Launch of Engineering’s MemSat satellite to make history on Monday, May 21


In what is a first for the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, MemSat, a cube-shaped nanosatellite developed by faculty and students, will launch into space as part of a NASA project on Monday, May 21, at 4:39 a.m.

Four inches on each side, the satellite will launch aboard the Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft out of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Coverage of the launch can be seen beginning at 4 a.m. on NASA’s web site at

Cygnus will deliver vital equipment, crew supplies and scientific equipment to the International Space Station as part of Orbital ATK’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA.  

The CubeSat Launch Initiative is included in NASA’s Launch Services Program’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellite Missions.

Rowan is the first New Jersey-based institution to be selected by the agency to participate in the initiative. CubeSats conduct technology demonstrations, educational research or science missions.

MemStat will characterize and compare the behavior of memristor-based memory devices against silicon-based technologies to determine if memristors have improved performance for space applications. Memristors are electronic devices in which information is stored in the resistance state of the device and can be retained during power-of modes, allowing for energy-efficient power shut-off as well as system resiliency during power failures.

The MemSat was developed by Engineering professors and students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Professors Sangho Shin, John L. Schmalzel (Department Chair) and Robert Krchnavek, along with 30 Rowan Engineering Clinic students and six graduate students, worked on the project.

The project was recognized as “Clinic of the Year” at the college’s Engineering Clinic Showcase this year.

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