DailyDirt: DIY Space Satellites

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It’s getting easier and easier to send stuff into low earth orbit, and more folks seem to be interested in doing it. So not surprisingly, there is a growing number of projects that offer to perform amateur experiments on small satellites. For students, the opportunity to send up experiments into space has been around for at least a couple years (via the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program), but now almost anyone can participate in a space experiment. Here are just a few examples.

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John Powell (user link) says:


JP Aerospace is still at it, flying ping pong balls to the edge of space.
We’ve flown an awful lot of them since this article. We’ve now flown just over 14,000.
I believe that’s more education payloads than all the rest of the world’s space programs combined.

We are doing it again, twice as big, this September 2000 PongSats are going up.

Once again we are using crowd source funding to keep it free for the students.
Here’s a link to our kickstarter page:



John Powell
JP Aerospace, America’s OTHER Space Program

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