LunarSail Kickstarter reward levels… own a piece of the mission!

Here is the current list of reward levels on our Kickstarter campaign. Please visit our page and consider supporting this exciting and unique project LunarSail, using a cubesat and solar sail to orbit the Moon Pledge $1 or more – Proudly count yourself as a supporter of commercial space exploration. Pledge $5 or more –(…)

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(…)

Project Milestones

There is a different milestones that we will need to achieve during the course of developing LunarSail and reaching ready-to-launch status. Because of the parallel development with regards to mission, software and spacecraft design, paths to milestones may overlap, following work tasks that, at completion, converge on the final development milestone: “ready for flight”. Of(…)

Hardware and Software Inventory

We have already made progress in obtaining some of the hardware and software that we’ll need during the project. This includes a number of surplus desktop computers (not too old), donated software and licenses and some components of the spacecraft. The items intended for the spacecraft will be utilized during prototype development and then, where(…)

Computers Galore!

Well, here are 19 of the 21 personal computers that we are going to be using for the LunarSail project. We obtained these at  no cost from a local business that closed one of their facilities and didn’t want to spend the money to have them hauled off and disposed. Our gain. Some will be(…)

First Hardware for LunarSail Arrives!

Here it is… some of the first hardware for our LunarSail project. At the bottom is the flight computer, the Raspberry Pi Linux single-board computer. Notice its small size with comparison to the Samsung Galaxy SII cellphone next to it. We also have a prototype servo controller board, an integrating accelerometer. Those components will be(…)