DailyDirt: DIY Space Satellites

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It's getting easier and easier to send stuff into low earth orbit, and more folks seem to be interested in doing it. So not surprisingly, there is a growing number of projects that offer to perform amateur experiments on small satellites. For students, the opportunity to send up experiments into space has been around for at least a couple years (via the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program), but now almost anyone can participate in a space experiment. Here are just a few examples. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.
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Filed Under: arduino, ardusat, diy, low earth orbit, pongsat, satellites, skycube, space
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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2012 @ 5:39pm

    We need DIY spaceships. Just make 'em out of cardboard, what could go wrong?

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2012 @ 5:49pm

    Re:

    as long as those cardboard spaceships don't need to survive re-entry... let's do it. (also assuming these are unmanned and small model-sized ships)

    probably need something bigger than a c model rocket engine......

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    Nash, 2 Aug 2012 @ 6:06pm

    Was curious . . .

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2012 @ 6:32pm

    I'm pretty sure I broadcast messages from space all the time!

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2012 @ 9:58pm

    The Pirate Bay space station isn't looking far off now, is it?

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Aug 2012 @ 7:15am

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    A baystation?

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Aug 2012 @ 7:40pm

    Space satellites. As opposed to what, Georgia Satellites?

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    John Powell, 8 Apr 2014 @ 2:51pm

    PongSats!

    JP Aerospace is still at it, flying ping pong balls to the edge of space.
    We've flown an awful lot of them since this article. We've now flown just over 14,000.
    I believe that's more education payloads than all the rest of the world's space programs combined.

    We are doing it again, twice as big, this September 2000 PongSats are going up.

    Once again we are using crowd source funding to keep it free for the students.
    Here's a link to our kickstarter page:

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1569698176/2000-student-projects-to-the-edge-of-space

    John

    John Powell
    JP Aerospace, America's OTHER Space Program
    www.jpaerospace.com

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