Flight ready hardware designed by Kentucky Space will be delivered tomorrow to the Wallops flight facility in preparation for a suborbital flight later this month. One of two payloads on the Suborbital Cubesat Experimental Mission (SOCEM) mission, the student designed Antenna Deployment and Mono-filament Actuator Satellite (ADAMASat) will reach an altitude of over 300km and be visible to ground stations in Kentucky as well as Virginia. ADAMASat will
test the KySat-1 antenna deployment mechanism and actuator circuit. The idea is to gain confidence of the antenna deployment mechanism that consists of a mono-filament wire wrapped around the satellite to hold down its antennas, and a Nichrome cutter that burns the monofilament line to release the antennas. ADAMASAT will perform four tests of this mechanism while in space.
News and links regarding ADAMAsat, including the GUI software download for HAM operators and a countdown clock are online. A post and pictures about the on-site test fit of the hardware is here. Please follow ADAMASat on Twitter.