Would you like to have your own spacecraft? Kickstart the personal space age by helping launch tiny spacecraft into low Earth orbit. Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 3, 2011.
Launch Update and Ground Station Info
KickSat is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on March 16, 2014 at 4:41 AM. To check the latest date, look for "SpaceX CRS 3" on SpaceFlight Now. I believe the launch will be televised on NASA TV, which you can see both on cable/satellite TV in the U.S. and online. If any of you KickSat backers will be in Florida for the launch, drop me a line!
For those interested in listening to the Sprites, here is what you need:
- Yagi Antenna (e.g. Arrow Antenna 440-5)
- Low-Noise Amplifier (e.g. Down East Microwave L432LNA, RFBay LNA-440, or dg0ve LNA70-1)
- Software-Defined Radio Interface (e.g. an RTL Dongle)
- A laptop running SDR# or GNURadio
All of this gear (besides the computer) can be purchased for less than $200. If anyone is interested in setting up a receiver and needs help, don't hesitate to contact me. I'll be posting more detailed instructions on KickSat.net in the next few days. I'm also setting up a website for people to upload signal recordings to be decoded, cataloged, and plotted on a map, so that everyone can keep track of the Sprites.
Thank again to all of our backers!