KickSat Sprites – Final Preparation

KickSat Sprite satellites deployed - Image by Ben Bishop VK2FBRB

KickSat Sprite satellites deployed – Image by Ben Bishop VK2FBRB

The British Interplanetary Society (BIS) are holding a meeting to prepare for reception of their fleet of Sprite satellites which will be deployed by the KickSat CubeSat on May 4 at 2000 UT.

437 MHz Sprite

437 MHz Sprite

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting which takes place from 10 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, May 3 at 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ.

The BIS events page says:

Dragon X has successfully deployed the KickSat CubeSat carrying 104 Sprites, a fleet of which were funded by the BIS and BIS members!

KickSat deploying Sprite satellites - Image by Ben Bishop VK2FBRB

KickSat deploying Sprite satellites – Image by Ben Bishop VK2FBRB

In preparation for the timed deployment of the Sprites from the CubeSat, the BIS KickSat team will meet at the BIS HQ with two goals:
• Ensure everyone with a ground station has a working installation of GNURadio
• Have some practice tracking other satellites

Present on the day will be radio experts, software experts, and a range of software defined radios and antenna.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Bring a laptop if you want help installing GNURadio.

Source http://www.bis-space.com/2014/04/20/12638/kicksat-final-preparation

Andrew Vaudin of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) gave a presentation on the BIS Kicksat Sprite satellite to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium on Sunday, July 21, 2013. You can watch the video of his presentation at http://www.batc.tv/streams/amsat1310
or download it direct to your PC at http://www.batc.tv/vod/kicksat.flv

In this video Ben Bishop VK2FBRB shows what the deployment may look like

British Interplanetary Society: Sprite Technical Summary
http://www.bis-space.com/2013/03/09/9301/kicksat-technical-summary

KickSat Sprite Ground Station by Andy Thomas G0SFJ
http://kicksat.wordpress.com/support/kicksat-ground-station/

Kicksat Wiki https://github.com/zacinaction/kicksat/wiki

KickSat mailing list https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/kicksat-gs

Kicksat Updates
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zacinaction/kicksat-your-personal-spacecraft-in-space/posts

KickSat Sprites – Radio Competition https://amsat-uk.org/2014/04/10/kicksat-sprites-radio-competition/