CRS-2 Succeeds Despite Early Mishap

CRS-2 Dragon in OrbitAfter spending nearly a month in space, the Dragon capsule from SpaceX landed in the Pacific ocean on Tuesday, March 26. This splashdown marked the end of SpaceX’s second commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. These resupply missions support the work and well being of the ISS crew since the end of the NASA Space Shuttle program in 2011. For this reason, moments were particularly tense when it appeared that the Dragon capsule might not be able to reach the station after achieving orbit.

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SpaceX CRS-2 to Launch March 1

The CRS-2 Falcon 9 rocket undergoing a static fire in preparations for launch

The CRS-2 Falcon 9 rocket undergoes a static fire in preparation for launch

As explained previously, KickSat and its payload of Sprites launches on the SpaceX CRS-3/ELaNa-5 mission no earlier than 2 October 2013. The final launch date depends on several factors, one in particular being the success of the SpaceX CRS-2 mission. The CRS-1 mission, summarized in an earlier post, started shaky but ended strong – an overall success.

Barring setbacks, CRS-2 launches tomorrow, March 1. A SpaceX Dragon capsule will be carried into orbit by one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets. The Dragon capsule is expected to reach the International Space Station the next day. Read on for NASA’s official mission overview and links to live internet streams of the launch.

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Resources, pt. 4

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.

For the final post in this series, I’ll focus on blogs and independent makers that provide inspiration for some of the projects on this site.

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Resources, pt. 2

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 microcontrollers and how to use them.

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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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