Asteroids and Code
Sorry for another long gap between posts. We're pretty busy right now with only a few weeks left before KickSat is delivered for integration. I'll try to post more in the next few weeks to document the process.
This week I'd like to share a demo we set up for Maker Faire in New York. We 3D printed a scale model of the asteroid 243 Ida, embedded a bar magnet inside it, and mounted it on a rotating stand. We then used a Sprite development kit board to track the asteroid's orientation by monitoring its magnetic field. Here's a video of the demo in action:
To display the asteroid on the monitor in real time, we hooked the Sprite up to a BeagleBone via a serial port, which is running some python code to draw the asteroid on the screen. The code for the demo is on GitHub, so you can play around with it and try something similar with your own Sprite.
Next up, it's time for us to collect everyone's code to load onto Sprites for launch. I'm in the process of sending out emails to all development kit backers with a link to a web form where you can upload your Energia and/or C/C++ code (please do so in the next few days). If you paid for a development kit and you don't receive an email from me within the next 24 hours, please contact me. Once I get your code, I'll make sure it compiles and then I'll send you a confirmation email.
As always, thanks for your support!