Station supply ship carrying Taylor University satellite

A rocket carrying the SpaceX Dragon ship lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Friday, April 18, 2014. The mission will deliver research equipment, food and other supplies to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

UPLAND, Ind. (AP) — A supply ship headed to the International Space Station is carrying a tiny satellite designed and built by Taylor University engineering students.

The SpaceX robotic ship that launched Friday from Florida’s Cape Canaveral includes among its cargo a satellite weighing less than three pounds called a CubeSat.

Taylor University officials say instruments on the little satellite will test communications between other satellites and measure plasma in low Earth orbit.

Taylor’s CubeSat isn’t alone on the mission. The SpaceX ship is also carrying small satellites built by the Ames Research Laboratory, Colorado Space Grant Consortium and Cornell University.

Taylor’s CubeSat was chosen by NASA during a nationwide competition that attracted 33 proposals. It was designed and built by undergraduate students at the school’s campus in the east central Indiana town of Upland. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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