Koichi Wakata released 3 small satellites from the Japanese Robotic Arm today. Pretty exciting to see live. pic.twitter.com/6shSmyqtXi
— Mike Hopkins (@AstroIllini) November 19, 2013
Kickstarter has made it to space.
In particular, three small satellites were launched into space from the International Space Station yesterday. The satellites were a product of the Kickstarter campaign for ArduSat, small Arduino-packed micro-satellites that provide an “open platform allowing the general public to design and run their own space-based applications, games and experiments, and steer the onboard cameras to take pictures on-demand.”
The ArduSat team provides a PDF of ideas on how to interact with the satellites, which is embedded below…
During the campaign, a $150 contribution netted the opportunity to take 15 pictures from the satellite. The group now plans to charge $250 for a week’s control over the satellite. The campaign raised over $106,000 on a $35,000 goal.
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