SkyCube: The First Satellite Launched by You!

by Tim DeBenedictis

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    1. Paul Giralt on

      This is fantastic news! Congratulations to the team for the great accomplishment.

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      Robert Craig Scharp on

      When will we be able to follow it on Satellite Safari ?

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      Keith Nealy on

      Great! Now let's hope you can get its proverbial wheels unstuck from the sand. What effect would there be with only one panel deployed? Does the fact that it has been running for 27 days and the battery is nearly full indicate that the panels are in fact deployed? What can it do on reduced power?

    4. Timothy Toler

      WONDERFUL! Congrats SC team :)

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      Matthew Cimone on

      Amazeballs! That's fantastic. Good work, team! I hadn't lost hope!

    6. Jolea M Harrison on

      That is good news indeed! Space is tricky, right? I'm so glad you didn't give up. Looking forward to the next update! Congrats!!!!

    7. curtis on

      That. Is. BIZARRE. That being said, all's well that ends well. I'm having a celebratory bowl. Good job, guys! Hats off to the technical team!

    8. Terry Gray on

      Well done, team! Every tiny step exploring our place in the universe is awesome. Just finished another viewing of Ron Howard's Apollo 13. I am always amazed at the accomplishments in space in the 1970's with all the computing power a warehouse can hold at their fingertips. Back when "booting up" really meant getting out the boots.

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      James Tacker on

      Very good news indeed. We (through you all) put a satellite into orbit, and are receiving signals from it. I remember being a young boy and hearing the beeps from Sputnik long ago, and now we've been able to launch a satellite into orbit through donations by individuals. I'm sure you men and women who worked on this project have a real appreciation for the difficulties that a journey into space presents. If you can get it to deploy the solar panels and antenna, perhaps Sputnik will be far surpassed by SkyCube! Congratulations to all involved!

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      Alex on

      Wow! That's really good day!
      We're waiting for the next updates

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      Chris Felstead on

      What a great post-your second last paragraph says it all-people power got it up there-lets hope it can open those damn solar panels:-)) i am in awe of your persistence-a great achievement no matter what happens next !!!

    12. Idan Cohen on

      Well done guys! This brought me back to my days as a satellite operator in the army. I still remember counting the first orbits and those ever growing numbers eventually getting into the thousands and tens of thousands. Exciting times!

    13. Jason Creager on

      116,890 congratulations Tim and SkyCube Team!

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      Greg Parikh on

      Hi guys
      Any updates on progress?

    15. Francisco Eduardo M S Spuny on

      Did the solar panels open ?

    16. Tim DeBenedictis Creator on

      Greg, Francisco - You're due for an update soon. However, we'll be attending the CubeSat Developer's Workshop at Cal Poly University this coming Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24. Conference preparation has consumed most of our time over the past 10 days.

      We continue to send "deploy solar panels" commands to SkyCube from all ground stations when the satellite is passing over them. One ground station is enhancing capabilities with a new 3-meter dish, and we're still awaiting results from that effort.

      I'll present a more complete update after next week's conference. Meanwhile, if anyone is near San Luis Obispo, California on April 23rd or 24th, I'd be glad to answer any questions you may have in person.

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      Montgomery A. Lee on

      It's been over 3 months without an update. I'm guessing that it's dead and the SkyCube folks have disbanded, as no one is responding.