Resources, pt. 1

Many of the resources I’ve used and referenced over the course of the project are spread throughout the posts as links and text. In this series I’ll collect and describe some of the most important project resources thus far.

Today focuses on resources for learning more about the KickSat project itself.

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Magnetometer Alpha Build

After a lengthy process of gathering most of the materials and MacGyvering the rest, I’ve put together a proof-of-concept version of the magnetometer.

The materials used in this build are as follows:

  • One (1) 1.905 cm diameter, 0.1588 cm thick neodymium grade N48 axially magnetized magnet
  • One (1) 1.905 cm diameter glass mirror (craft supply)
  • A Helium-Neon (HeNe) laser (but any laser pointer would work for this alpha build)
  • A length of string
  • A plastic toothpick
  • Some office tape
  • A bit of silly putty I found
  • Some water

First, the magnet with the mirror, toothpick, and string taped on:

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