[amsat-bb] Re: KickSat - a personal spacecraft of your own in space
m5aka at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Oct 11 12:08:53 PDT 2011
I wish you well with the project it's a great idea.
I'd like to clarify the number of sprites that will be carried on the first 1U CubeSat. The website says:
"KickSat is a CubeSat - a standardized small satellite that we can easily launch. It is designed to carry hundreds or even thousands of Sprites into space and deploy them in low Earth orbit."
Now looking at the picture showing the size of the boards for the initial deployment you aren't going to get 100's into a 1U CubeSat. How many will be deployed ?
I gather the Sprites have a very short lifetime, just days rather than months.
Can you clarify the power level that will be used. Is it 10 milliwatts or lower ? and is that power only available when the Sprite's solar panels are illuminated ?
73 Trevor M5AKA
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