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LesShoulder

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Kicksat 2
« on: May 14, 2016, 01:20:59 PM »

Kicksat 2 is now due to launch to the I.S.S on Orbital Services mission OA5 on 6th July.
 Now to fire up my brother to get his receivers up and running to listen out again.
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JennyScottThompson

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Re: Kicksat 2
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2016, 01:22:48 PM »

Oooh, exciting! What's this one going to do?
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LesShoulder

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Re: Kicksat 2
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2016, 04:24:49 PM »

  This is a re-flying of the original (that failed to release its sprites due to  a timer malfunction).The threads in the B I S projects category are all do do with the sprites and how they could be programmed.The technical side flies right over my head :( ,I was one of 8 to 10 B I S members that brought a sprite but just nudge my brother(a radio amateur)into gear to to do the hard work.I just act as a human lightning rod and hold the antennas :).More can be found on the main web-site under what we do/projects.
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AndrewVaudin

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Re: Kicksat 2
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2016, 09:42:18 PM »

Hello Les,
Ron has already been in touch :-)
I will start gathering information and create a plan for our part of KickSat 2 ASAP.
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LesShoulder

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Re: Kicksat 2
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2016, 08:55:51 PM »

 Paperwork delayed going to miss it's ride. :(
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JennyScottThompson

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Re: Kicksat 2
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2016, 11:05:55 AM »

:( When's the next window?
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LesShoulder

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Re: Kicksat 2
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2016, 03:07:10 PM »

  Unfortunatley to be advised
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LesShoulder

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Re: Kicksat 2
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2018, 11:48:25 AM »

 Papers seem to indicate that KickSat 2 is part of the Cubesat package ELaNa - 21 that is due to launch on 17/11/2018 on the Cygnus NG - 10 mission to re - supply the I.S.S.
        No confirmation yet from the project administrator yet so fingers crossed and holding my breath.
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LesShoulder

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Re: Kicksat 2
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2018, 03:08:44 PM »

 Details confirmed, scheduled for release from the I.S.S. February some time. Breathing resumed.
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Stephen Gamble

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Re: Kicksat 2
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2018, 11:43:42 PM »

That's good news that Kick Sat 2 has a launch
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LesShoulder

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Re: Kicksat 2
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2018, 09:39:23 AM »

 The Cygnus spacecraft carrying the Kicksat 2 Cubesat successfully launched from Wallops Island today (17/11/18) at 09:01 G.M.T. It is due to dock with the I.S.S. on Monday (19/11/18). Kicksat 2 will be released from Cygnus on it's compleation of it's mission due to be on the 12th of February  next.
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LesShoulder

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Re: Kicksat 2
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2019, 11:20:10 AM »

 Kicksat 2 due for release late this evening 13/02/19. Fingers re-crossed. The sprites should be released 2/3 days later.
« Last Edit: February 13, 2019, 11:22:16 AM by LesShoulder »
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LesShoulder

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Re: Kicksat 2
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2019, 07:47:45 AM »

  Released on schedule.Listening out.
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LesShoulder

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Re: Kicksat 2
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2019, 11:33:14 AM »

 UPDATE: Unfortunately the antenna failed to deploy on release and to date (3rd. March) only very specialised equipment has been able to receive any data signals, and commands to deploy the sprites has so far been unsuccesful. Not looking hopeful  :'( .
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Robin Brand

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Re: Kicksat 2
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2019, 10:48:53 AM »

Summary and update:
On 13th February the ‘KickSat-2’ CubeSat was placed in orbit. Its payload includes several ‘Sprites’, programmed by BIS members, and these should shortly be deployed as very small but independent satellites. KickSat-2 was placed into orbit by a Cygnus cargo module after it had undocked from the ISS, the intention being to deploy the Sprites from KickSat-2 at a lower altitude than the ISS to avoid debris concerns – visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7xvQgClMf0 for an excellent animation of the deployment method.
Unfortunately, it appears that the KickSat-2 antenna has been damaged, although some telemetry is being decrypted slowly, and the word is that apart from the communication problem the satellite is healthy. The latest news (1st March) is that the Sprites have not yet been deployed. Operators are now looking for a high-power command station to uplink to KickSat-2 and thinking of amateur satellite stations which are good at Earth-Moon-Earth at the uplink frequency, although these will need to have fast tracking in azimuth and elevation to order to follow KickSat-2.
Estimates of re-entry for KickSat-2 range from April 17th to the 24th, so the Sprites need to be deployed fairly soon, if they are not to be lost again.

For current KickSat-2 news updates see https://twitter.com/hashtag/KickSat2?src=hash, https://twitter.com/zacinaction?lang=en&lang, or use #Kicksat2; and for the background of this and the BIS “KickSat” project visit https://www.bis-space.com/what-we-do/projects/project-kicksat 
Robin Brand, Chair BIS Technical Committee
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