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.