KickSat-2 Is Coming!
Thanks for sticking with us! It's been way too long since my last post. I'll do my best to get back in the swing of posting every week this summer while we build KickSat-2.
We certainly learned a lot from KickSat-1 and we'll be making a few changes to the mothership's avionics the second time around, especially to the radios. I've evaluated several off-the-shelf radios over the last few weeks and I'm currently playing with a cool little transceiver called the RFM23BP from HopeRF. So far I've managed to get it transmitting 1200 baud FSK modulated AX.25 packets (a widely used standard for amateur radio and CubeSats). Here's a screenshot of the signal being demodulated by GQRX:
Radios aside, things will mostly stay the same on KickSat-2. We won't be making any changes to the Sprites or their deployment system. There are also a lot of spare parts left over from KickSat-1, so things should go much faster this time.
A team of undergraduate engineering students here at Cornell has volunteered to work on the project over the summer and we are making fast progress. Our goal is to have a new satellite built by the end of August. Check back next week to see what we've been up to!