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Chips in Space: Just the FAQs Ma’am

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Steve Bible
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re: Chips in Space: Just the FAQs Ma’am
Steve Bible   9/22/2011 10:20:33 PM
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Hi Prabhakar, it is possible to launch an amateur/educational satellite from a rocket. The truth of the matter in today's world: there is no such thing as a free launch (play on the words there is no such thing as a free lunch). Funds have to be raised to pay for the launch. For example, a CubeSat launch will cost upwards of US$80,000 per U per kg.

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prabhakar_deosthali   9/17/2011 7:50:24 AM
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Very interesting info has come out in the FAQs. I am just interested to know if such a satellite is to be launched using a rocket from the earth would it be possible to put it into the desired orbit without the likes of the sophisticated control stations used by NASA and the likes?

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Steve Bible   9/16/2011 3:01:51 AM
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Hi Sanjib, orbital mechanics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbital_mechanics) is its own science. It is fascinating stuff though. A simple answer is you can do active attitude adjustments such as gas jets. But that's complicated plumbing and values, not to mention safety issues. Or you can do passive such as magnetic torquing and ensuring a low ballistic coefficient.

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Steve Bible   9/16/2011 2:55:03 AM
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Hello R.D., I would suggest finding a local Near Space group sending high altitude balloons into near space. One such group is Arizona Near Space Research (http://www.ansr.org/). It has many of the same challenges and gives you great experience working on payloads.

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Sanjib.A   9/16/2011 1:26:39 AM
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Good to see that you got a great response. I wish I could have been there. But thanks for continuing posting such a nice series of blogs. Okay, I've a questions: This might sound very basic but I don't have any knowledge on this subject. I am trying to understand if there is anything that could have done to delay ARRISat-1 getting closure to earth with every orbit. May be something like installing some course correcting engines?...I understand then it becomes very complex as a part-time project. Any other easier ways?

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Robotics Developer   9/14/2011 1:09:28 AM
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I would have loved to see the unit in person! Thanks for a great followup article! I was wondering about many of the questions you answered. Again, your attention to detail and willingness to feed us engineers with those details is really appreciated. Now I am wondering how to do something like this myself...

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