Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus NG-15 spacecraft is set to launch, Saturday, Feb. 20.  Onboard will be a number of student projects, including Virginia Tech's student-built ThickSat satellite.  The resupply mission to the International Space Station launches from Wallops Island, Virginia.

What:  Media outlets and the general public are invited to join a 60-minute livestream broadcast from the campus in Blacksburg.

When:  Saturday, Feb. 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  

Register here to view the livestream broadcast.

  • Meet the team of students and their faculty advisors behind the ThickSat satellite
  • Learn how Virginia Tech’s experiment will test a composite boom for the NASA Langley Research Center, and how it will impact future spaceflight missions.
  • Hear from student sub-teams including electronics, structures, and the future of the space engineering program at Virginia Tech.
  • Watch the launch live from 
  • Live Q&A

More background: ThickSat satellite built by Virginia Tech students is headed to space

Northrop Grumman:  About the mission


Schedule an interview

To secure a pre-launch interview with Jonathan Black, Virginia Tech professor in aerospace and ocean engineering or his students, contact Bill Foy by email, or by phone at 540-998-0288.

Northrop Grumman Media Contact:  Kristi Davidson / 480-276-8464 /;

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