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KickSat -- Your personal spacecraft in space!

A project in Ithaca, NY by Zachary Manchester

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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.
Backers: 315
Average Pledge Per Backer: $237

Funded: $74,586 of $30,000
Dates: Oct 4th -> Dec 3rd (61 days)
Project By: Zachary Manchester
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Latest News

Swarm of 105 tiny Sprite ChipSats successfully deployed

June 5th - via:
If you thought SpaceX launching 60 Starlink satellites at once was impressive, Cornell University managed 105 small satellites. The ChipSats, called Sprites, forming a swarm of cracker-sized nanosatellites were deployed from the Kicksat-2 CubeSat on March 18, 2019 at an altitude of 300 km (186 mi). (Read More)

Crowd-Funded Satellite May Fall from Space Before Unleashing Tiny 'Sprite' Armada

May 9th - via:
The crowd-funded KickSat satellite launched to space in April, but it might burn up in Earth's atmosphere before completing its mission. (Read More)

Tiny KickSat 'Sprite' Satellites May Not Deploy

May 9th - via:
Because of a technical glitch, the KickSat CubeSat may not be able to deploy its cargo of tiny "Sprite" satellites after all, Project Manager Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, announced on May 3. (Read More)

Engraving Photos

January 27th - via:
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... (Read More)

KickSat Delivered!

December 11th - via:
Hi Everyone, This is a long overdue and very exciting post. Last Wednesday we finished integrating KickSat into it's P-POD (the pod it will ride inside during launch) at CalPoly in San Luis Obispo, California. Here's a video of the big moment: You'll... (Read More)

Asteroids and Code

October 25th - via:
Hi Everyone, Sorry for another long gap between posts. We're pretty busy right now with only a few weeks left before KickSat is delivered for integration. I'll try to post more in the next few weeks to document the process. This week I'd like to... (Read More)

Back From Maker Faire New York

September 23rd - via:
Hi Everyone, I just got back to California from Maker Faire in New York. We had a really great time showing off KickSat to the thousands of people who came through the NASA booth and we managed to take home an Educator's Choice ribbon. My favorite... (Read More)

Maker Faire New York

September 20th - via:
Hi Everyone, I just got to the New York Hall of Science in Queens to help set up for Maker Faire. If you'll be at the faire this weekend, come visit us at the NASA booth! There will be lots of other cool space stuff in addition to KickSat and the... (Read More)

Lots of Testing

September 6th - via:
Hi Everyone, Sorry for the long lapse since my last post - we've been super busy. In the last few weeks we've finished building KickSat, gotten over 100 Sprites ready to fly and loaded into the deployer, and performed a whole bunch of testing... (Read More)

SmallSat 2013

August 15th - via:
Hi Everyone, Yesterday I gave a presentation on KickSat at the SmallSat conference. You can see my slides online here, although unfortunately SpeakerDeck doesn't support videos. If you want to see the videos, you can download the original PowerPoint... (Read More)

Laser Engraving

August 10th - via:
Hi Everyone, Sorry I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday - we've been pretty busy. Here's something fun we managed to do this week: We laser engraved all of the inscriptions from our backers on the outside of KickSat's aluminum structure. I'll... (Read More)

Flight Sprites

August 2nd - via:
Hi Everyone, This week we reached the very exciting milestone of receiving the final flight unit Sprites from the board house. You might notice a few differences between these Sprites and previous designs. Most obviously, they have solar cells on the... (Read More)

Building Stuff

July 26th - via:
Hi Everyone, It's officially crunch time around here. We're in the process of building the KickSat mothership in time for our final delivery in September - less than 2 months away! Here's where we are right now: We have the structure built along with... (Read More)

Launch Party: a crowdfunding revolution ignites the next space race

January 31st - via:
Inside an old storage warehouse in an abandoned shipyard in Copenhagen, Kristian von Bengston and Peter Madsen have been building a one-man rocket ship they intend to send on a 15-minute, parabolic trip to the edge of space and back. Von Bengston and Madsen’s non-profit, private space agency is called Copenhagen Suborbitals, and is probably the most extreme do-it-yourself project in the world. Von Bengston is an architect and former NASA contractor. Madsen is an engineer who founded a DIY collective that built three submarines as a hobby. (Read More)

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