Satellite Week Space Camp Returns for 2018

For the second year in a row, Asheville will become the hub for future aerospace designers as Destination SPACE (Satellite Program for Aerospace-Centered Education) hosts the 2018 Satellite Week Space Camp.

Participants will design their own mini-satellites and have the opportunity to meet former NASA astronauts. They will work directly with NASA and NOAA scientists, engage in activities at the Collider, NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information, the Asheville Museum of Science, and visit a NOAA weather station.

2018 Destination SPACE – Satellite Week is a residential camp held at the UNC Asheville with 24 slots available to rising 8-12th grade students. The camp kicks-off with a guest visit from Dr. Mary Cleave, a former NASA astronaut and renowned scientist, who flew on 2 Space Shuttle missions.

Throughout the week, students will learn about satellites, earth science, aerospace engineering, and how this technology can be applied to solve real-world problems. Through fun, hands-on engineering activities, students will utilize innovative small-satellite technology, build their own satellites, launch them on a weather balloon, and utilize the resulting data. The activities expose students to real-world launch procedures that NASA engineers and scientists use to design and launch satellites.

To apply, interested students should visit the Destination SPACE – Satellite Week web page at

Camp Details:

  • Location: University of North Carolina – Asheville
  • Dates: Sunday July 22 – Saturday July 28
  • Cost: $800 – scholarships and financial assistance available

Destination SPACE (Satellite Program for Aerospace-Centered Education), operating through the Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS), is designed to promote and cultivate long term interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines by providing unique, hands-on, remote sensing educational opportunities for high school students. Destination SPACE is located in the Collider at 1 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC, in the heart of downtown Asheville.

 Learn more at, or like them on Facebook: @Destination Space – STEM.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.