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    Smaller than picosatellites!
    By Project Calliope | November 18th 2011 01:51 PM | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    Alex "Sandy" Antunes is the mastermind behind 'Project Calliope', a pico-satellite funded by Science 2.0 and being launched in 2011 by a mad scientist...

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    While we chug away on our Tubesat-style picosatellite, in the 10x10x10cm range, two independent efforts are working on even smaller satellites, and I thought they were worth a nod.

    An aerospace engineering team at Cornell has an ongoing and already funded kickstarter for the Kicksat, which is a cube filled with 300 or more even smaller Sputnik-type "I only beep" ultra-mini satellites.  Each person who contributed gets to name their little piece.  It's a very cool engineering project that's been going on for 3 years, and looks really, really solid.  Better yet, it's met its funding goals, so it's got great prospects.  Go visit and see if you want to participate!

    And, a person named Jaanus hunted up the writeup and spec for PCBSats, a super-tiny satellite 1/4th the size of a Cubesat, consisting of, basically, one circuit board + 2 solar cells + tape.

    Jaanus's blog is worth reading for open space hardware fans in general, as his goal is to help find then share build/make techniques from other small satellite makers.

    Until next week,
    Alex
    Building the Project Calliope home satellite to convert the ionosphere to music