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Update #56

KickSat Delivered!

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Hi Everyone,

This is a long overdue and very exciting post. Last Wednesday we finished integrating KickSat into it's P-POD (the pod it will ride inside during launch) at CalPoly in San Luis Obispo, California. Here's a video of the big moment:

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KickSat has now passed all of its acceptance testing and is officially ready to go! Our launch (SpaceX CRS-3) is still scheduled for February 22, 2014. As always, you can get the most current launch date from the Spaceflight Now website.

Now that KickSat has been delivered, I'll be focusing on polishing up the receiver code. I hope to have an easy to use GUI application for Windows, Mac, and Linux by our launch date, along with a website for uploading radio recordings. I'll be posting a lot more information on how to set up ground stations in the coming weeks, including a how-to guide and videos.

Thank you once again to everyone who has made this huge milestone possible!

Happy Holidays,

Zac

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      Creator Zachary Manchester on January 27

      Hi Andrew,
      The antenna polarization on the Sprites is linear, but their attitude will be pretty random, so a circularly polarized antenna would be best. That said, a linear one should also work fine.
      - Zac

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      Creator AndrewV-BIS on January 27

      Zac,
      A linear Yagi or quad (circularly polarized), as the Sprites will be rotating?

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      Creator Zachary Manchester on December 12

      Hi Chris,
      That gear will work great and is in fact overkill. Thanks to some signal processing tricks, you should only need a handheld Yagi to pull down the Sprite signals.
      - Zac

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      Creator John Zanchetta on December 12

      Congratulations Zac! Awsome achievement!

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      Creator Chris Norris on December 12

      Awesome Zac! and I was just thinking of setting up the receiving station so a timely post. I'll be using a Yaesu FT875D through a high gain ZL special antenna. Hopefully that's good enough to pull the small signal out of the background noise.

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