Nobody said that NASA, the ESA, or the Russia's Roscosmos should have all the fun when it comes to experimenting in space. On Friday, the International Space Station should receive its first batch of open-source satellites called ArduSats.
Later next week, the ISS use its robotic arm to launch the ArduSats into orbit around Earth as if they were tiny Star Trek torpedoes. At some point in the near future, Kickstarter backers of project will get their time slots to run experiments using the satellite fleet. There’s also a chance that extra time slots will be rented out to regular folks like you and me.
ArduSat, as some of you may remember from June of last year, was a Kickstarter project started by NanoSatisfi (earlier known as ppl4world) to bring tiny, Arduino-powered satellites to space. Technically known as CubeSats, each miniature spacecraft packs a total 15 sensors—including cameras, spectrometers magnetometers, and a Geiger counter—all packed inside a tiny package that measures just 10 centimeters on each side.
On the software side, Ardusats can run just about anything that its users can program. Developers have already created a host of cool apps developed for the space apps challenge—one of which may turn the Ardusat into a pulse modulation quantum communicator.
We are living in the future.
New Scientist reports that the rental program could cost $125 for three days, or $250 for the whole week. If that really happens, that’s really not to shabby considering you didn’t have to spend millions or dollars to send a rocket to space and it’s even cheaper than taking a rental car out for just one day.
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