We have been really busy around here! We just got back a trip to NASA Wallops Flight Facility for tours and meetings which included an initial integration of the Poly CubeSat Launcher with the rocket deck (see pictures) that will be used for SOCEM (Sub Orbital CubeSat Experimental Mission), which includes ADAMASat, recently mentioned in the Carnival of Space hosted by Kentucky Space.
We are also working on a software program that amateur radio users can run which will decode the telemetry packets from ADAMASat. More information will follow but it will be transmitting on the standard North American APRS frequency 144.39 MHz and will be visible to a majority of the eastern half of the United States.
We are also preparing for a trip to Utah for the SmallSat Conference which includes the CubeSat Summer Workshop. Anthony Karam and Samir Rawashdeh will be present on SOCEM and an orbital environment simulator, respectively. The simulator was developed in-house by Samir. See this video of what KySat-1 will look like as it passes over Kentucky and tumbles over the poles!!!
I will be presenting at the SmallSat conference about the Kentucky Space program as a whole.
Work is continuing on KySat-1. After a long struggle, the Electrical Power System (EPS) subsystem now plays nicely with the rest of the satellite. It required us to remake one of our circuit boards but the actual change was not that big. Unfortunately the circuit boards that were ordered had some manufacturing flaws in them but we were still able to verify that everything worked. We are waiting for replacement boards from the manufacturer. But this still brings us a heck of a lot closer to being able finish integrating the flight model and be ready for launch.
More updates to follow. Thanks for reading,
Daniel Erb - Graduate Student, Kentucky Space