Project CalliopeAbstract: We present the 'Project Calliope' picosatellite to explore how to use social media to initiate, fund, and engage in scientific research. 'Project Calliope' is a sonified ionospheric detector being launched in 2010 on the "TubeSat" platform. It has no federal or academic contribution, and relies on 'citizen scientists' and such 'citizen journalist' channels as ScientificBlogging.com for its technical and infrastructure support. The fundamental question of whether good science can come from small packages has a mixed answer. We put forth the 'Science2.0' concept of science as play, provide a method for engaging individuals as contributors, discuss the pros and cons of operating a research project with full transparency, and present preliminary K12 outreach results.
Alex Antunes, Ph.D.
Project Calliope is a science/music satelliteInput: Earth's Ionosphere orbital environment
Output: MIDI music signals
- InterOrbital.com $8K 'TubeSat' in a 3-16 week polar orbit
- 'ICube-X' Sensors from InfusionSystems.com
- 2 ionospheric magnetic sensors
- 1 particle counter
- 4 light sensors to track spin
- 1 temperature sensor
- Downlink via shared HAM, estimate 90-180 minutes/day.
- Redistribution via web and P2P
- Dawn of private space age
- 'Small science' by individuals
- Science&Music collaborating
- Open notebook science
- Sharing and remixing
- It's what I do.
Fueled by Social MediaOriginal plan: assemble a crack engineering&ops team, then promote it myself.
Reality: I can build it solo, using COTS! But promotion requires many hands.
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