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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. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on December 3, 2011.

Would you like to have your own spacecraft? Kickstart the personal space age by helping launch tiny spacecraft into low Earth orbit.

KickSat Has Reentered

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Hi Everyone,

KickSat reentered the atmosphere and burned up last night some time around 9:30 PM EDT (01:30 UTC). Unfortunately, we were not able to command the Sprite deployment in time. While we are certainly disappointed that things did not go as planned, I think we still have a lot to be proud of.

Over 300 people from all over the world came together to make KickSat happen. We built a spacecraft, tested it, and launched it. Hundreds of people had their names flown in space, more than a dozen radio amateurs were able to receive signals from KickSat's beacon radio, and volunteers collected and processed telemetry data and predicted KickSat's orbit and reentry. This kind of participation is exactly what KickSat is all about and I'm glad we all got to share in this experience.

We've learned a lot from KickSat, and I plan to take those lessons and build an even better KickSat-2. This is only the beginning! Thank you all for your amazing support over the past two years. I hope you'll stick with us as we continue to try to make space something everyone can take part in.

- Zac

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    1. Creator Sonia Koval on May 16, 2014

      Hey, science is like this!
      You got the KickSat up, it didn't blow up, you got data, you learned a heap o' stuff....
      I'll be happy to help out the next time!

    2. Creator Bruce Murray on May 15, 2014

      Sad to hear the project didn't fully complete. But failure often drives people to create better products/ideas in the future.
      Very happy to have been part of this project.

    3. Creator Alasdair Allan on May 14, 2014

      Come back to Kickstarter when you want it funded. We'll be there…

    4. Creator Rick Mann on May 14, 2014

      Please take my money and COUNT ME IN for KickSat-2.