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Would you like to have your own spacecraft?  Kickstart the personal space age by helping launch tiny spacecraft into low Earth orbit.
Would you like to have your own spacecraft?  Kickstart the personal space age by helping launch tiny spacecraft into low Earth orbit.
Would you like to have your own spacecraft? Kickstart the personal space age by helping launch tiny spacecraft into low Earth orbit.
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And We're Back...

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Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the very long absence. It's been a busy fall here at Cornell. The KickSat team has grown to include five new undergrad students and one new part-time engineer this semester. In the coming weeks we'll have guest blog posts from each new team member so you can learn what everyone is up to.

One of our group's highlights this fall was hosting NASA administrator Charles Bolden in our lab. Here he is holding a Sprite!

Administrator Bolden's visit was truly inspiring and it was very cool being able to personally show him KickSat.

On the technical side, we've made numerous improvements to the KickSat mothership design, including new power regulators, solar panels, and radios. We're also working on adding a GPS receiver so that the spacecraft will know when it's over our ground station and can turn it's receive radio on and off appropriately to save power. All of this work is being incorporated into KickSat-2, which we hope to have ready for launch in early spring. As usual, you can see our designs and follow along with our progress on GitHub.

That's it for now. We'll be posting a lot more in the next few weeks. As always, thanks for your support.

- Zac

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    1. Chris Norris on November 17, 2014

      Thanks for the news Zac. I look forward to supporting you with KS2!