“If at first you don’t succeed…”–this is the spirit that is guiding the people conducting the activities at PocketSpacecraft.com. They originally tried to get their “Mission to the Moon” project funded last year with Kickstarter, but didn’t get the funding level required there. The Mission to the Moon would’ve given lots of people the opportunity to send […]Read More DIY Space: Do You Have Room in Your Life for PocketSpacecraft?
According to update #73 on the KickSat Kickstarter page, KickSat is no more. The nanosatellite had experienced a single event upset (SEU) and the Watchdog Timer reset (those terms are explained in this article, here). The result of those two events was a reset of a crucial timer that was supposed to release the smaller […]Read More KickSat Kicks the Bucket
It seems there’s a potential setback for the Maker satellite movement above our heads: the Kicksat cube satellite is experiencing difficulties. According to a May 3 update on Kicksat’s website, the Kicksat’s watchdog timer experienced a hard reset. The watchdog timer is a sort of failsafe all satellites have on-board. It’s meant to protect the spacecraft […]Read More A SmallSat/MicroSat Drama Unfolding Above The Earth