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!