Second ArduSat Payload Test Ends with Success

The sensor payload as found upon recovery

October was a busy month for commercial spaceflight! Not only did SpaceX complete its first commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station, but Nanosatisfi completed its first successful high-altitude test of the ArduSat payload. Since theĀ first high-altitude test didn’t get off the ground, this mission was a big moment for the Nanosatisfi team.

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Entering Drydock: ArduSat

ArduSat mock upA challenger appears! To the right is an artist’s rendering of ArduSat, an Arduino-based cube satellite. Announced this month, the ArduSat shares many of the same mission objectives as KickSat. Specifically, both projects aim to make space exploration easy and affordable for everyone. However, there are some key differences between these two projects that make ArduSat a welcome addition to the DIY satellite scene.

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