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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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KickSat-2 Launch

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Hi Everyone,

Wow - it's been almost a year since I last posted an update here, and a lot has happened! KickSat-2 is has been completed and is awaiting a launch on the Orbital Sciences OA-5 mission. Two weeks ago we performed vibration testing with NanoRacks, who is our launch integration provider. Here I am in the cleanroom at Cornell getting the satellite ready:

In two more weeks I'll be traveling to Huston to deliver KickSat-2. It will then be mounted in a deployer pod like the one on the left in the picture above and taken to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, where it will be loaded into the Cygnus capsule along with other cargo and experiments destined for the International Space Station. If all goes well, OA-5 will launch on July 6 and arrive at the ISS a few days later. KickSat-2 will likely be deployed from the ISS after a few weeks.

I'll be posting here more as we get closer to launch. In the mean time, you can get more frequent updates by following me on Twitter. You can also get the latest information on our launch from Spaceflight Now. As always, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Ad Astra!

- Zac

John Zanchetta, Bob Shaw, and 4 more people like this update.

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    1. Zachary Manchester Creator on May 31, 2016

      Andrew, Bob, and John,

      Sorry for being out of touch. Things have been extremely busy lately. I will be posting more details as soon as I have time. In the mean time, if you are technically inclined, all of our designs and code are available on GitHub (https://github.com/kicksat). You can even look back in time to see what changes have been made and when.
      - Zac

    2. AndrewV-BIS on May 15, 2016

      Great news Zac.
      Like Bob I am keen to hear more details; how many Sprites; what messages are programmed; any Sprite design changes or Sprite frequency changes; any changes to the CubeSat signal???

    3. Bob Shaw on May 14, 2016

      Delighted to hear it! Now, about those details: what have you changed? What will the nanosats be like this time? And the rest! Photos, please!

    4. John Zanchetta on May 14, 2016

      Brilliant news, congratulations - looking forward to more info as the project moves forward.
      Best of luck !!
      Rgds.,
      John