Sunday, July 22, 2012

ArduSat, Southern Stars and SkyCube

I'd like to continue the story I started in my post about NanoSatisfi, ArduSat, and Prizes.  In my previous follow-up, I noted that they had reached $82,453, exceeding their second goal of $75,000 which would add capability such as another CubeSat.  Now their Kickstarter campaign is done, and they've reached $106,330, which is quite a bit more than the baseline level to fund the project.

In their latest update, they point out another Kickstarter campaign for a CubeSat: SkyCube: The First Satellite Launched by You!  SkyCube is a project of Tim DeBenedictis and Southern Stars. They are looking for $82,500 to fund the SkyCube, and so far are up to $10,344.  Here is their summary of SkyCube: 

A nano-satellite that lets you take Earth images and "tweet" from space, then inflates a visible balloon, and de-orbits cleanly.

 They plan to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket using payload integration services of Spaceflight Services.  You can find more about the SkyCube project at the above links and at SkyCube Project Status.  This tells more of their story, including a substantial sponsorship and the following item about competitions that fits nicely with the Space Prizes theme: 

We're pleased to announce that Southern Stars and SkyCube won 2nd place at the Life 3.0 forum sponsored by Funders and Founders on May 31st, 2012, out of 25 startups competing before a panel of venture capitalists!

ArduSat is also excited about their fellow CubeSat Kickstarter team because 

What is great for us is that they will build an iPhone App to show simple data from SkyCube and - drumroll – ArduSat!