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Launch of ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X on HTV4

Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:54 pm
by jonoxer
The first two satellites based on Freetronics hardware will be carried to the International Space Station on the HTV-4 resupply mission. More information here:

http://www.spaceflight101.com/htv-4-mis ... dates.html
http://www.spaceflight101.com/htv-4-cargo-manifest.html

You can watch the launch live on NASA TV:
http://nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/

It's amazing to think that in just a few hours some of our hardware will be on its way into space!
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Jon

Re: Launch of ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X on HTV4

Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:44 pm
by JamesBrown
How did it go?

Re: Launch of ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X on HTV4

Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:44 am
by jonoxer
The HTV-4 launch, rendezvous, and docking all went perfectly. Right now ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X are at the International Space Station waiting to be deployed into orbit. That could happen any time, but I don't have a specific schedule for it. These sorts of things go onto a worklist for the astronauts, and they get to it when they get to it.

Hopefully very soon though!
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Jon

Re: Launch of ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X on HTV4

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:26 pm
by problemchild
Hi Jon, thank you for your insightful email reply BTW

Re the Balloon RF modules been too weak to be useful even in LEO I was reminded that David Ackerman's balloon telemetry was received on the west coast of Ireland at a range of 1200KM approx !
I think the distance isn't such an issue but the orientation of the Sat and the fact that 1200KM or much less is very rapidly consumed as the Satellite streaks over head may be more of an issue.

BTW on my Satellite gear search I see that Hackaday have an article on the 50mm on side Sats with even more reduced launch costs.
More importantly following the links and Googling sent us to some Dutch guys who are trying to Kickstart a 5cm Sat that uses a 433Mhz module to send SSTV!
If they get it to work then that kind of proves the point at least as a fringe case :)
I'll dig out the links and post so folk can have a read !

Re: Launch of ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X on HTV4

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:21 am
by jonoxer
Thanks for the tip about the 5cm cube sats, I'll definitely look that up. Any links you have would be much appreciated. That makes them, what, a 1/8th CubeSat? ;-)

I just heard recently that it looks like ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X will be deployed on November 25th. The reason for the delay is that they'll be deployed using the SSOD (Small Satellite Orbital Deployer) which is configured in the airlock of the Kibo module of the ISS, and right now Japan doesn't have a flight engineer on board to do it. One of the Expedition 37 flight engineers could probably do it sooner but since it's a Japanese module it's appropriate for them to manage operations in it if they want to.

So, November 25, party at my place! Either cheers or tears, depending on the outcome.
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Jon

Re: Launch of ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X on HTV4

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:12 am
by problemchild
I think the 5cm Sats can be launched with a big elastic band ;)

Links:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/poc ... a-nasa-siz

http://www.50dollarsat.info/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilXOZ1A3g5M
http://www.pocketqubeshop.com/


I believe the Wren guys are getting launched by some Italian lot (lost the link).
I think they essentially "broker" for the Russian launch vehicle... I assume so since Italy isn't full of Russian launch sites ;)

Re: Launch of ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X on HTV4

Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:45 pm
by pocketqubeshop
Hi Guys,

Tom from PocketQube Shop here. Thought I would chime in since we were brought up.

All 4 PocketQubes made orbit on the 21st of November (WREN, T-LogoQube, $50sat and QubeScout).

Launch site was Russia ;) We are now live with our shop and working with a bunch of folks to grow the PQ community.

Any PQ based questions just give me a shout.

Thanks
Tom

Re: Launch of ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X on HTV4

Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:23 am
by Lampard.Graphite
Hi,

I know this isn't the place but I need help. I am currently building my own cubesat and love the parts you guys have. It says there are none in stock and the design files will be on GitHub soon. I have tried contacting you and your CEO but no one has replied. Is there any chance of either purchasing these parts from yourself or getting the design files soon.

Kind Regards,

Jordan Lampard