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A nano-satellite that lets you take Earth images and "tweet" from space, then inflates a visible balloon, and de-orbits cleanly.
A nano-satellite that lets you take Earth images and "tweet" from space, then inflates a visible balloon, and de-orbits cleanly.
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    1. Jeff Richards

      Just wanted to say thanks to Tim for how he handled my concern. Glad to be a backer.

    2. Timothy Toler

      I've gotten the unsolicited spam as well and am honestly appalled, disturbed, and outright offended if it is true that DeBenedictis has handed over our personal information as alleged in the email received today. Doing so is a blatant slap in the face after we believed in this project, watched it fail, and now have our information handed out like this. BEYOND POOR FORM.

    3. Jeff Richards

      Just got some spam from another campaign that claims they got my email address from this one. Not impressed if that's the case. I was happy to back this and understood the risks in it, but that didn't really include handing out my backer information to other companies.

    4. Terry TradeMark Martin on

      so what happened? do I get to tweet now? lol

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      Mark Chatinsky on


      You did the everything you could and if you do another project....SIGN ME UP!

      To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design

    6. aisbaby on

      Awesome project!
      it isn't a failure... it's just another learning for the next big project.
      And as research & development goes, 99% of the time they don't succeed... but sets the stage for success :)

      GOOD LUCK!

    7. Jean-Yves Hemlin on

      As everyone else, we are disappointed that it did not worked as planned. However, I really want to thank you for making us dream! It was fantastic!

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      David Dyer-Bennet on

      Of course this outcome is disappointing, even as just a backer. But I'm happy to have contributed to the attempt, and fascinated to read the first-person accounts of designing, building, testing, launching, trying to operate, and trying to debug this little satellite. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

    9. Beagle on

      Are we getting some kind of final update rather than having to piece it together from answers to other people's comments? I think after four months that's the least we can expect. For example, if you hadn't responded to a comment down below we would never have known you've stopped trying to communicate. With this and the 'we can't find it' I'm left wondering if the thing even geo up there!

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      Theresa Christenson on

      Even though this attempt didn't work, I'm proud to have been a little part of this community effort.

      Any thoughts on trying again after you work out what could have gone wrong?

    11. Tim DeBenedictis Creator on

      Steven - we doubt it, due to our best guess at the nature of the problem. I'm preparing a final report, which should be released in 2-3 weeks. Thanks for asking.

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      Steven Richardson on

      I concur with Cordell. Sad that it didn't work but no regrets of my $10 investment.
      Tim: While you said you have stopped attempting to communicate (i.e. Sending the cube signals), is there any chance that the SkyCube may start sending signals on its own in the future?

    13. James Williams on

      $116k pledged and still no satellite. I could probably do better with a Pringles can, an IPhone, and an Estes model rocket. I feel robbed at this point. Sorry Tom. :(

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      cordell melgaard on

      Decided to check on this, sad to hear after almost two years the project is dead.
      However, I don't regret spending $10 to follow a really fun idea. Just think how many times the Wright brothers failed.

    15. Tim DeBenedictis Creator on

      Jason, Brady, Nobunari, Santiago, William, Larry - I have all replied to all of you personally through Kickstarter. In case you did not get the response, here's what I wrote:

      You're correct that you are overdue for a final update, and we've been working on it, slowly but surely. The short version is that we have't had any further contact with the satellite since March 27th. At the end of June, we stopped attempting to communicate. Most of our efforts since then have concentrated on diagnosing exactly what went wrong. While we have some good clues, we do not yet have a 100% certainty of an exact failure mode. I'll present what is known so far in the final report; that will be the next and presumably final update to this project.

      I apologize again for the delay in getting back to you.


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      Jason Ozin on

      The last update in here April 22.
      If Skycube is dead then let us know do not ignore us.


    17. Brady on

      How's it going? When will messages start broadcasting? Also have we picked out messages yet?

    18. Nobunari Isono on

      Hi Tim

      I know you are having fun at Hawaii.
      Can you give us some updates?

    19. Santiago Hernández on

      Any news about Skycube?

    20. William Phelps on

      The last update was April 27. it's now June 20. It looks like Skycube is defunct. How about an update, please, Tim?

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      Larry Geary on

      A message popped up the other day in either Sky Safari or Satellite Safari saying that you have heard from Sky Cube. Can you give us an update?

    22. Tim DeBenedictis Creator on

      Charles - as per my comment to to #35, an update will be coming after this week's CubeSat conference (see Apologies for the delay.

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      Charles Yaker on

      Tim #35 was 3/30 we are now 2/3 through April in all fairness an updates is due.

      Thanks CY

    24. Tim DeBenedictis Creator on

      Swen - yes. Please see latest update (#35). You're commenting on a post that is months old!

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      Swen Krups on

      Hi there,

      is there any update? Have you finaly located SkyCube? If so, when can we expect to take pictures and send messages?


    26. Tim DeBenedictis Creator on

      John - yes, they will drift apart. Thousands of miles apart, all strung out in an orbit very similar to the ISS orbit, like pearls on a giant string around the Earth.

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      John Mayhew on

      Super cool to hear (and see) it is now in orbit. Congrats to the team. Strange that they deploy them all crammed together like that. I guess they eventually spread out on their own?

    28. Michael Scott on

      Tim, congratulations on making it to space how cool! Thrilled to be part of it.

    29. Hannes Planatscher on

      Hi, first of all: Congrats! I have tried contacting the team multiple times because I can not login at , however I never got an answer. Could someone help, please?

    30. Rick Maschek on

      Congratulations, nice up on Cygnus, enjoy your stay on ISS and have a successful deployment.

    31. Ross Burke on

      Very excited to hear that our satellite has left the earth's atmosphere. Well done and congratulations to the team. This was my favourite kickstarter so far.


    32. Seeker on

      Go Go SkyCube :)

    33. Charlie

      God Speed, SkyCube!!!

    34. Charlie

      Live coverage of the launch at Spaceflight Now!!!

    35. John Kennedy on

      Sorry to hear about the launch delay! Doing space is HARD!

      Sadly I am definitely XL, so I'll take a pass on my 2 shirts.

    36. Tim DeBenedictis Creator on

      John - see Orbital's web site for updates. As of now, launch looks to be December 19th. We are flying out to Wallops today.

      what is it with these T-shirts? More than a year ago, I posted an update saying "if you haven't gotten a T-shirt, please email us at". Send your shipping address and T-shirt size to that email addy. Please note we have run out of XL, but still have all other sizes (S, M, L, 2 XL). But it'll have to wait until we get back from Wallops.

    37. John Kennedy on

      What's the latest? Go/No Go?!


      Also, VERY low on the priorities at the moment, but no t-shirts appeared here either.

    38. Tim DeBenedictis Creator on


      No, you can use them any time during the mission (after the satellite is deployed.) We're not allowing any specific tweets/images to be submitted until the satellite is deployed and operating on-orbit. We don't know exactly when SkyCube will be deployed from ISS. Unlike today's launch, SkyCube isn't being deployed directly from the rocket - it's going to ISS first, then being kicked off ISS several months (an unknown time) later. Because of this timing uncertainty, we can't yet accept specific tweet/picture requests.


    39. James Williams on

      Hi Tim,

      I'm excited that we now have a launch window. Just a question. I sponsored 10 minutes of the mission. Does this mean I need to use the message feature and take the pictures during this 10 minute timeframe, or can I do this at any time during the mission?

      Can't wait until Dec 15th! It'll be worth it in the end!

      - Jim

    40. Tim DeBenedictis Creator on

      Mark - I have to apologize for the long delay between the last two updates. That was my responsibility. It was partly out of sheer terror that this project would not actually succeed. We didn't know what launch we'd be on. We didn't know if we'd be able to communicate from orbit (the entire US gov't shut down during the week we were supposed to schedule our tests!) A the same time, we were frantically rebuilding our satellite under direction of Nanoracks technical review. Any updates during this period would have been filled with a frightening amount of uncertainty - if we'd had time to post them at all. Our project is back on track now, with the satellite delivered. And I'll try to be more consistent with the updates.

      Regarding the app: we are not introducing SkyCube features into Satellite Safari until the satellite is actually deployed in orbit. I feel it would be misleading to advertise tweeting from space or images from space in an app, when the satellite that's supposed to deliver them is still on the ground.

      If you want to know more, email me privately at

    41. Mark on

      This project is a bit disappointing at the moment, I became a backer well over a year ago now, as far as I can see from the last update the Satellite is supposed to launch in about a month however updates are few and far between, there are very few active comments and in general there just seems to be a lack of excitement or interest.

      I became a backer because I was interested in seeing the process from start to finish, things started off well with some interesting technical insights but recently nothing.

      Also I installed the app but it also seems to have no current link in with this project... either I am missing something here or the project owners are!!

    42. Rick Grzyb on

      any news on anything tim?

    43. Rick Grzyb on

      any news on the app?

    44. Tim DeBenedictis Creator on

      Sandra - please see latest post. SkyCube won't launch til at least November 28th this year. We have not yet added the messaging capability to our Satellite Safari apps. You haven't missed anything.

    45. Sandra Little on

      Was wondering about the messages we wanted and when/ how to send them. Disc we miss an important update?

    46. Seeker on

      Hi Tim. I have one question regarding T-shirts. I think, I missed information in my absence. Were T-shirts sent? . . .

      Best Regards


    47. Tim DeBenedictis Creator on


      No, we will eventually build a free web interface as well. But the iPhone and (soon) Android apps will give you a much better/more flexible interface.


    48. Santiago Hernández on

      One question, Will we need to buy the satellite Safari app in order to request the pics and send the messages?

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      Vaclav G. Ujcik on

      Thanks! I kinda let it slide until I saw the note about moving the launch to September. Then I said "Hey, I could still advertise this if I had the shirts ;)" So I thought a quick note was appropriate. I'm now newly excited to see the possibility of getting pictures of the ISS after launch.

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