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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.
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Engraving Photos


Hi Everyone,

First off, sorry for the long delay in posting these photos. I'm finally back in the lab at Cornell after a long road trip from California. I'd like to extend another huge thank you to everyone at NASA Ames Research Center who helped me and supported this work over the past year and a half. Now on to the pictures!

I've posted the pdf files we fed to the laser machine to help you find your engraving. Since the PDFs are much easier to read, I'd suggest looking there first. Once you figure out which side your engraving is on, have a look at the photos.

+X PDF   +X Full Photo   +X Zoom 1   +X Zoom 2   +X Zoom 3   +X Zoom 4

+Y PDF   +Y Full Photo   +Y Zoom 1   +Y Zoom 2   +Y Zoom 3   +Y Zoom 4

-X PDF    -X Full Photo    -X Zoom 1    -X Zoom 2    -X Zoom 3    -X Zoom 4

-Y PDF    -Y Full Photo    -Y Zoom 1    -Y Zoom 2    -Y Zoom 3    -Y Zoom 4

If you have a hard time finding your engraving or can't see it well enough in one of the photos above, send me a message. It was a little difficult to get everything to show up well under the flourescent lighting in the lab and I do have more photos.

KickSat is scheduled to launch in about a month from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Stay tuned in in the coming weeks for launch updates as well as information ion how to listen for KickSat and the Sprites with inexpensive ham radio gear.

Thanks again to all of our backers!

- Zac

Bob Shaw, Mark Warren, and 3 more people like this update.


    1. Creator Michael Doornbos on February 25, 2014

      Any word on the reciever code and hardware information?

    2. Creator Zachary Manchester on February 24, 2014

      Hi Josh,
      The gear costs between $100~$200 (USD). We're working on a website to collect and display all the tracking data we get from people around the world. Stay tuned...
      - Zac

    3. Creator Josh Fields on February 24, 2014

      Hi Zach! So exciting to be so close to launch! I'm in Japan and really hope to be able to listen for my Sprite. How inexpensive is the gear, and is there possibly going to be any other way to track them?

    4. Creator Zachary Manchester on February 16, 2014

      It's a long story, but a few of the engravings did wind up covered by the solar panels due to some design changes. If it's any consolation, your engraving is definitely there - the PDFs are the actual files that were fed to the laser etching machine.

    5. Creator RIUM+ on February 15, 2014

      According to the PDF guide and the photos, my name should be... here:


    6. Creator Zachary Manchester on January 27, 2014

      Hi Andrew,
      I'll post the list of which codes correspond to which Sprites on my website. If you're curious how they're defined/generated, see the correlator code on GitHub:
      - Zac

    7. Creator AndrewV-BIS on January 27, 2014

      Hello Zac,
      When do you plan to release details of the golden codes?

    8. Creator AndrewV-BIS on January 27, 2014

      Thanks Zac :-)