Official ISS Deployment Date / New Videos & Quizzes
We hope that you had a chance to watch the launch of ArduSat to the ISS last month, and continue to be as excited as we are that our satellites are at this moment in space. We have some breaking news to share that just came to us from JAXA about the date that ArduSat is thrown out of the ISS into orbit. The official date to anticipate is November 25, and we’ll be sending more information closer to the date on how you can celebrate this next milestone with us. The date is much later in the year than we expected, and we are a bit disappointed that all of our ArduSat users will have to wait a few more months before getting access to the satellite. JAXA decided on the November date so that a Japanese astronaut can be on-hand at the ISS for the deployment, and everything was pushed back to accommodate this decision. While the final deployment date is out of our hands, the good news is that it gives you slightly more time to look through our resources online at control.ardusat.org (please use Google Chrome for a complete experience) and to plan your experiment.
We are pleased to announce that we are starting to roll out a new series of video tutorials to complement the existing individual sensor videos that have been available all year. This new series of tutorials are designed to take a complete beginner from knowing absolutely nothing about Arduino or satellites to collecting data for a pre-built experiment from ArduSat. Along the way, users will be introduced to basic Arduino programming, useful space concepts around temperature, light, and the electromagnetic spectrum, and ideas for using some basic Arduino sensors for at-home experiments that can help spark ideas or create opportunities for comparison with data collected in space. The tutorials continue to be short videos with quizzes, and include related content such as definitions lists, fritz diagram and code downloads, and a curated list of other useful links.
The first few new tutorials are posted in the learning section of the ArduSat Control Center and additional videos will be added over the next month. Log in to control.ardusat.org and click on the Learn tab. Here is an overview of the new videos that we have added, in the order that we recommend watching them:
- Educational Kit – absolute beginner video that introduces the Arduino board and identifies the basic components and sensors used in the tutorials.
- Blinking LED – introduction to the standard first Arduino project and how to navigate the ArduSat Control Center
- Structuring Code – a beginner primer on how Arduino code is structured and a few key commands to memorize
- Blinking Light Revisited – walk through of the blinking LED project that focuses on the circuit set-up and line-by-line code explanations
- Photoresistor Project 1 – introduction to photoresistors, the circuit set-up, and basic code
- Analog vs Digital – simplified overview of the difference between analog and digital signals and why the distinction is important in Arduino programming
This new set of videos is a great way to get started if you have been putting off designing your experiment, continue to be unsure of how to get started, or just want us to walk you through exactly which data to collect and how to analyze it. Please take a look and let us know what you think. Coming soon are tutorials on temperature concepts in space, luminosity concepts in space, an introduction to serial communication, an LDR project that simulates a satellite attitude control system, and two pre-built experiments using the temperature and luminosity sensors.