South Korean artist set to launch homemade satellite
Song started the "Open Satellite Initiative," an idea he came up with as an intern at a satellite company, and sought experts and information he'd need for the launch. Meanwhile, he ran a small electronics business and got help from his parents.
The final product includes a tiny box--1 kilogram and 10 cubic centimeters--that will send back information on how it's functioning, such as the status of the battery and temperature. Communication will work the other way, too: people will be able to radio up to it. Once in orbit, it'll transmit messages via Morse code.
The satellite is set to launch from Kazakhstan in December.
Well, people, how about a little, smart crowd-funded "Disclose.tv satellite" with web-controlled cameras on board to reveal whatever is up there in space?
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Years of rummaging through back-alley electronics stores will pay off later this year for a South Korean artist when he fulfills his dream of launching a homemade, basement-built satellite into space. "Making a satellite is no more difficult than making a cellphone," said Song Hojun, 34, who said he built the US 500 OpenSat to show people they...
( via telegraph.co.uk )
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