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originally posted by: crazyewok
I cant stand the companys buisness model.
They expect me the public to finance via kickstarter and take the risk with no reward while the billionaires involved will get to reap possibly 10's or 100's of billions?
Where is KickSat?
KickSat launched on April 14th and is currently circling the Earth once every 90 minutes. See where KickSat is now on the map below.
The Big Picture:
Our goal is to dramatically lower the cost of spaceflight, making it easy enough and affordable enough for anyone to explore space. We can do this by shrinking the size and mass of the spacecraft, allowing many to be launched together.
The Sprite Spacecraft:
The Sprite is a tiny (3.5 by 3.5 centimeter) single-board spacecraft. It has a microcontroller, radio, and solar cells and is capable of carrying single-chip sensors, such as thermometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, and accelerometers. To lower costs, Sprites are designed to be deployed hundreds at a time in low Earth orbit and to simultaneously communicate with a ground station receiver.
The KickSat Mission:
KickSat is being planned as a technology demonstration mission for the Sprite spacecraft. It is a 3U CubeSat that will house a 1U avionics bus and a 2U Sprite deployer. KickSat will be launched through NASA's ELaNa program and will carry over 100 Sprites into an orbit with an altitude between 300 and 350 kilometers where they will be released as free-flying spacecraft.