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We love Arduino and we love space exploration. So we decided to combine them and let people run their own space experiments!
We love Arduino and we love space exploration. So we decided to combine them and let people run their own space experiments!
676 backers pledged $106,330 to help bring this project to life.

2 days left - help us with a final push to reach $100k

These last 4 weeks have been truly amazing and the support and enthusiasm from people all around the world is stunning, humbling, and inspiring.

It is in this spirit that I reach out to everyone of you, asking for one last push and support - we are just $6,500 short of reaching $100,000. This is our chance to say to the space companies, space agencies, educational institutions, arts centers, and citizen science communities that we want affordable, easy access to space. 

Space inspires us, drives us, and touches our innate desire to explore, stretch our boundaries, and conquer the unknown. I want to imagine a future where everyone can have access to space and use it as an interactive medium to learn about earth, better understand how our planet behaves, and take that personal picture of earth from space that captures a precious experience (just like your own picture of the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty is special).

I've been doing interviews at times back to back in these last few days, some of which will come out only in a few weeks. But take a look at the Cosmoquest live interview the magnificent Dr. Pamela Gay did with me yesterday here. Share it with your circles and let it inspire everyone to join us.

Help us break that last barrier - $100,000 and that Space is for everyone!

Thank you,

Peter
Your inspired ArduSat team

We are deeply humbled and inspired by you!

Today was one of those days we'll never forget.

After it looked like for a while that we will not reach our 75,000 funding goal, within 2 days you got us over the hurdle!

First off - thank you so much for your support! We had many backers come back and upgrade their pledges, wanting to take advantage of ArduSat while they still can (which you still can for another 4 days!). Did we tell you that you rock?

Second, we now have the money to build a double-sized ArduSat and we have the money to launch 1/2 of a double-sized ArduSat. So starting tomorrow we will go to our backers in the background to see if we can find the money for the launch of the second half. We will keep you posted over the coming days and weeks on these negotiations.

Last but not least I wanted to share with you that there now are a number of schools and groups involved, where individuals saw the potential for exciting STEM related activities and we are truly excited about it.

First, our corporate space partner Arrowhead Systems of Stoke-On-Trent.  In the words of the founder of Arrowhead: "I'm hoping that today's children and their teachers will be as excited about getting in to space as I was a number of years back, I remember sitting cross legged on the hall floor in junior school, as an American I'd never heard of appeared on the grainy black and white TV screen, hopped down a short run of steps and uttered 'One small step....'. The Internet has grown up around Open Source Software. Now people across the globe are collaborating, using the same open source philosophy but with hardware; Open Source Hardware.

Product designs that you can freely use, improve upon and make yourself, from 3D printers to interactive jewelry and mood lights to chairs that tweet when you fart! Arduino has traversed the world since its start in Italy in 2005, now ArduSat will take it another 300KM, this time straight up"

Learn how you can be a space scientist, follow progress and get updates on how you can join us by following https://twitter.com/@tioukcom and get your school into orbit.

We also have the Lower Eastside Girls Club
The Lower Eastside Girls Club was established 16 years ago to provide opportunities to girls, in the only neighborhood in the country where Boys and Girls Clubs did not merge in the 1980's. Since there were 3 complete all-boys clubs and nothing for girls, the goal from the start was to build a Girls Club facility. Over the years, the Girls Club created innovative programs in media production, arts, environmental activism, nutrition, and hands-on STEM and "maker" classes. These included a series of after-school classes teaching basic concepts in electronics, robotics, and electronic music, including Arduino microcontrollers.

Girls Club participated in NSF-funded outreach for SciGirls en Familia and the NOVA PBS series "Making Stuff". In 2010 and 2011, Girls Club won "Editors Choice" ribbons at the New York World Maker Faire for large, mobile robots called GirlZilla and DogZilla, appearing in the New York Times and on the Martha Stewart Show. In summer of 2012, they received their first grant from NASA, a Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant, which they used to hold Space Camp sessions at a summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains.

Two years ago, the Girls Club broke ground on a 30,000 square foot science, environmental, and arts center, housing a 30 ft fixed planetarium, an environmental biology lab, tool workshop, video, photo, and audio production studios, a public cafe, training kitchen and bakery, and a design/projects lab. All programs and facilities are provided free to girls age 8 to 18 and their families, and astronomy and earth science programs in the planetarium will be offered to every student in the six public schools within walking distance.
More about the planetarium: 

It is a 30 ft fixed planetarium opening in the fall, 2012. It will use Uniview planetarium software, which originated at the American Museum of Natural History. This software incorporates the Digital Universe Atlas and will enable the Girls Club to collaborate with AMNH in partnership with Dr. Carter Emmart.
Furthermore, there is a number of anonymous individuals that told us that their pledge will go to a local school or community group to bring the inspiration of space to anyone.  And if we missed you in this list, please let us know, and we will make sure to share your story!

This is exactly what we hope would happen – community leaders reaching out to us, signing up for ArduSat and then carrying it into their local communities, bringing space into the hands of everyone. We can’t thank you enough for doing just this. It means the world to us.And if you are out there, thinking about this - join us! Bring space to your community. Be the one that made it happen. We'll do anything we can to make it a success for you!

Okay, with that quick update, an exhilarated ArduSat team says thank you and goes back to making sure we get support for launching the 2nd halve of a double-size ArduSat as quickly as possible!

Reka, Jeroen, Joel and Peter

Your ArduSat Team

See ArduSat in 3D!

We've created a 3D model for our backers to take a closer look at what's inside the ArduSat! Go here for instructions on how to download the model and use the free 3D viewing program.

The model is in STL format, a file format used for most 3D printers. If you're interested in printing your own life-sized model of the satellite, email me at joel@nanosatisfi.com and I'll post some more printer-friendly STL files too!

There are some slight differences between the original design and the new configuration you'll see in the model, thanks to the tremendous support we've received from the community and the new hardware we've been given access to by our technical partners.

Stay tuned for more 3D models to play with, including a 2U model if we reach 75,000!

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Dear global ArduSat community, we love you!

After a hectic and exciting first week, we spent our second week making progress on longer-term partnerships. This includes launch providers, smartphone app developers, and corporate partners. A big Thank You goes to all those who have reached out to us offering help, upgrading their participation in ArduSat or bringing friends on board – you rock!

Freetronics

We are excited about Freetronics, our newest partner to the ArduSat project. Freetronics, an Australian electronics manufacturer specializing in Arduino-compatible boards and devices has joined us in the quest for affordable space exploration! They have a fair amount of experience in DIY space projects and will help us with the design and production of the sensor-boards. We'll work with them to get our prototype ready for our high-altitude balloon test with Team Prometheus. Check out their video on our YouTube channel!

Want to name the Space Camera or Sensor-Bank? - become our Corporate Space Partner!

Our other important project is the search for a Corporate Space Partner that wants to take advantage of the global media coverage we are gathering, including Yahoo News, The Make Magazine Blog, The Guardian, TED Global (starting at 14'20") and Engadget (over 140+ media outlets and counting). They also get to name the space camera or sensor bank, just like in NASA missions. Last but not least, they also get the full sensor suite hardware to use or donate to a group of their choosing and the time on the satellite. And we throw in a replica of ArduSat for them to show off for good measure. 

Get your teenager "into space" for $325, build a file-sharing-server or web-server in space for $500, or learn how to look for life on extra-solar planets for $775. That is what ArduSat enables and we are looking for a Corporate Space Partner to help us drive that mission forward. If you or any of your friends have an idea or connection to a potential Corporate Space Partner, reach out to us and let us know. Share your passion and excitement that got you involved; it is infectious!

Discover Challenge and Sensor Ideas

Check out our own new list of ideas and see if it inspires you to that one cool experiment, application, or game that might win you the $1500 grand prize! We already have a few good submissions, but I bet your idea is even better than what we have seen so far, right? Well, then let us know and be selected by Phil Plait from Bad Astronomy / Discover Magazine, Corey Powell, Editor in Chief from Discover Magazine, and Darlene Cavalier from SciStarter.com as the winner in our competition!

Thank you for all your kind words of appreciation and enthusiasm from all around the world. Share it, spread it, let everyone know about it. It is this very energy from you, the ArduSat community, that drives us every day to work harder on making your space exploration a reality. 

Space is for everyone, let’s make it happen!

Peter

ArduSat will be tested in the stratosphere by Team Prometheus!

Nanosatisfi is thrilled to announce that Team Prometheus has joined the ArduSat project to provide two high-altitude test flights of the Arduino payload, one using a stratospheric balloon and one atop a suborbital rocket!

The first flight, scheduled for late September, will carry the payload prototype and flight computer to an altitude of 100,000 feet (roughly 30 km) using a balloon, and will allow for testing of the payload and sensor performance, onboard data handling protocols, and communication systems.

The second flight, scheduled for October, will launch a new payload prototype and flight computer to an altitude of roughly 40 miles (64 kilometres) atop a balloon-launched rocket. The flight will allow for further testing of the payload performance, in particular the effectiveness of the Arduino thermal control, and the ability of the payload to withstand launch vibrations and G-loads.

Team Prometheus, founded in 2008, is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to develop affordable access to space and promote DIY space projects. It is the brainchild of Monroe Lee King Jr., the amateur space exploration enthusiast who founded and developed MEC Computers Inc in 1990, and Aeronautic Enterprises in 2009. He is currently leading Team Prometheus on a number of projects, including the N-Prize, NASA Centennial Challenge, Carmack Micro-Challenge, and Google Lunar X-Prize (in collaboration with Team Frednet).

ArduSat is proud to welcome Team Prometheus to the project, and is looking forward to leveraging their expertise in DIY space to help make ArduSat a success!

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