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Update #70

Mission Update

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Hi Everyone,

KickSat is now orbiting 335 kilometers above our heads. It has almost certainly flown over your home at this point, no matter where you live on Earth. If you want to see where KickSat is now or when it will fly over you next, try NASA's Interactive Satellite Viewer or N2YO.

We've received over a dozen packets from KickSat's radio beacon thanks to several amateur radio operators around the world. These packets are telling us that KickSat is charging its batteries and that so far there have been no system resets due to loss of power or radiation. If you'd like to follow along as the packets come in or better yet, listen for yourself, subscribe to our mailing list.

The Sprites will be deployed from KickSat by a timer 16 days after launch. That puts the big event at about 4:00 PM EDT (20:00 GMT) on May 4th. Stay tuned both here and on Twitter for more updates as the mission progresses.

Thank you again for supporting KickSat. We're in space!

- Zac


Update #69

KickSat Is Alive!

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Hi Everyone,

After a beautiful launch at 3:25 this afternoon, KickSat was deployed in low Earth orbit. We at Cornell and several amateur radio operators around the world have made contact with the spacecraft and it is alive and well. I can't thank all of you enough for your tremendous support over the past two years. Thank you for believing in KickSat!

This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and is a huge milestone, but we're not done yet. In 16 days the Sprites will deploy from KickSat. We need as many people as possible listening in, so if you're interested, please check out the wiki and our mailing list for more information. As always, don't hesitate to contact me with questions.

- Zac


Update #68

Launch Updates

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Hi Everyone,

The next launch attempt for KickSat aboard CRS-3 is scheduled for 3:25 PM EDT tomorrow (Friday). Unfortunately, tomorrow's weather forecast doesn't look great and there is a good chance the launch will be scrubbed again. The good news is that there is another launch slot on Saturday at 3:02 PM EDT. The weather forecast for Saturday is much better - I'm told there is a 60% chance of favorable weather.

In both cases, live coverage will begin on NASA TV about an hour before the scheduled launch time. You can watch on cable in the U.S. or online anywhere in the world.

Thanks again to all of you for your support. We're almost there!

- Zac


Update #67

Launch Scrubbed - Next Try on Friday

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Hi Everyone,

Unfortunately our launch was delayed again yesterday due to a technical glitch with the rocket. The next scheduled launch attempt will be on Friday (4/18). I'll continue posting updated information as I learn more. In the mean time, here's a picture of our ride:

- Zac


Update #66

Launch Update

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Hi Everyone,

Our launch is officially on for tomorrow (April 14th) at 4:59 PM EDT. Provided everything goes as planned, here's how the series of events should look:

  • Liftoff (4:59 PM EDT)
  • KickSat is deployed from the launch vehicle (6:02 PM EDT)
  • KickSat radio beacon turns on (6:52 PM EDT)
  • Sprites deploy (April 30th 6:02 PM EDT)

I'm on my way down to Kennedy Space Center now to see the launch. You can watch live coverage on NASA TV, or online. If you plan on tuning in, I should be on for an interview about an hour before launch.

Stay tuned for more updates tomorrow!

- Zac


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