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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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Flight Sprites

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Hi Everyone,

This week we reached the very exciting milestone of receiving the final flight unit Sprites from the board house.

You might notice a few differences between these Sprites and previous designs. Most obviously, they have solar cells on the front and back. This should give us more power in case of an off-nominal deployment. Some of the smaller changes include the gold pins along the top and right edges of the board and the hole in the top corner. These are to help mount the Sprites securely in the deployer.

We have some really fun stuff coming up next week, so make sure to check in for that update. Thanks again for all of your support.

- Zac

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    1. Zachary Manchester Creator on

      Hi Andrew,
      We will indeed be testing all of the cells and all of the completed boards to ensure that they work before integration. The TASC cells are optimized for space use, and produce slightly more power in the absence of atmospheric attenuation.

    2. AndrewV-BIS on

      Zac,
      I have two questions about the TASC solar cells:

      1. We have a supply of TASC solar cells and noticed that many were not producing the expected voltage due, we believe, to minor damage along the edges. Will you be checking the integrity of each solar cell before packaging into the CubeSat?

      2. We have found the Sprites require fairly direct sunlight in the UK to operate. Will the Sprites require less direct sunlight when deployed, considering the sunlight will not have been filtered through an atmosphere?

    3. AndrewV-BIS on

      Great news. Our Sprite code is almost ready too.

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