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#1 btschumy

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 11:19 AM

With your help, Southern Stars, makers of SkySafari and SkyFi, is planning to launch a nano-satellite called SkyCube early next year aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Read about the project here:

http://www.southerns...cube/index.html

The success of this project depends upon a grassroots effort for contributions. Please spread the word.

Our KickStarter page for funding may be found here:

http://www.skycube.org

Thanks.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 10:07 AM

I'm kind of stoked about this. I'm not sure what I will tweet from space, but I'll be all over the downloading photos feature. :cool:

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 09:31 PM

hi Bill, I signed up already too! What resolution will the pics have? How will they compare to,Google Maps best resolution?

Al

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 08:39 AM

Al,

Thanks for signing up and helping out.

This is from the FAQ at the bottom of the KickStarter page.

"The maximum camera resolution is 640x480, i.e. VGA. That's less than what people are accustomed to these days, but we're really limited by bandwidth: we can only transmit images down to Earth during the brief (~5 minute) intervals when SkyCube is passing over one of our ground stations. And the radio on board gives us at best a data rate of 57.6 Kbps. That's not exactly broadband internet speeds, but it is certainly much faster the 9600 baud typical of most CubeSat radios. We figured it would be better to radio a selection of multiple VGA-res images down on each pass, rather than a piece of a single HD image."

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 06:51 PM

You have a pledge from me! Great idea.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 03:11 PM

Super cool idea. I'm going to support, and also blog about it!

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 06:15 PM

Thanks Doug.

We are making good progress towards the $82K we need to raise to send this baby up. Please continue to spread the word.






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