Monday, March 10, 2014

Cracker-Sized Satellites?

A "Sprite" nanosatellite - one of some 200 scheduled to be
launched from the KickSat satellite. (KickSat website photo)

A scheduled mid-March resupply mission to the International Space Station reportedly will include the "KickSat" cubesat, for eventual deployment. The ARRL reports that the Kickstarter-funded satellite is then supposed to release 200 tiny "sprite" satellites - each the size of a cracker! - that would become the smallest-ever satellites in Earth orbit.  According to the AMSAT News Service, each Sprite has a microcontroller, radio, and solar cells and is capable of carrying single-chip sensors, such as thermometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, and accelerometers. For more information, see <>.