Project Updates

Dye-Infused Metal Prints

One of our Kickstarter rewards is a photo of the space shuttle printed on a metal backing, suitable for framing, free-standing display, etc.  They are made from a process called dye infusion, so they are durable and will never fde or wear out. We ordered these from Magna Chrome, http://www.magnachrome.com. They do excellent work and(…)

Happy New Year and a brief status update

Hello, Here’s a summary of where the project is at this point. Most importantly, I think, the cubesat chassis and ADACS is on reserve waiting for the go-ahead to package and ship it to us. The final configuration, particularly the interfaces, is dependent on the design of the sail and deployment assembly, so once that(…)

Crowdfunded Lunar Spacecraft Successfully Reaches Funding Milestone

Innovative solar sail spacecraft will demonstrate new technologies for low-cost exploration beyond Earth orbit while allowing students and the public to explore the Moon’s environment (TITUSVILLE, FL) – The Aerospace Research & Engineering Systems Institute, Inc. (Ares Institute), a non-profit organization on Florida’s famed Space Coast, is excited to announce the successful completion of the(…)

Updated Hardware Budget (Estimated)

I’ve had questions about what our budget and costs are and what the money raised from Kickstarter will be used for. Here’s the most recent budget estimate for hardware that we have to purchase. Pumpkin, Inc. 3-Unit Skeletonized Cubesat Kit – $8,750 A complete CubeSat flight model kit, consisting of a skeletonized 3-Uniet Assembly, a(…)

Embedded Pi…. our link to Arduino

We purchased one of these today so we can check out interfacing with Arduino shields as well as RasPi modules. It’s the Embest (element14) Embedded Pi, billed as “A Triple-play platform for Raspberry Pi, Arduino™ and 32-bit embedded ARM”. The Embedded Pi is based on the STMicroelectronics STM32F103 MCU and form factor compatible with Arduino™(…)

We’ve Added New Rewards!

Well, so far there has been a great response to our fundraising campaign and we thank everyone who’s pledged so far. We’re constantly looking at ways to improve our crowdfunding and giving back to those who support our efforts. So we’re adding some new rewards! FIVE new levels, to be exact. Please check out the(…)