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KickSat nearing launch date

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KickSat nearing launch date despite another delay

(Phys.org) —The KickSat project is getting very close to a launch date. Originally scheduled to go up Sunday March 16th, the Kickstarter project organized by Zachary Manchester, has been postponed. It is now scheduled to be boosted into space by a SpaceX rocket sometime between March 30 and April 2.

The KickSat project is as much a concept as a physical entity, it consists of a box that looks like a CD jukebox (it's also about the same size) and holds what are called Sprites—small (about the size of a saltine cracker and weighing just 5 grams) flat satellites. Once in space, the KickSat will spin around and eject the 104 Sprites it will be carrying, where they will operate independently 200 miles above the Earth for a few days to possibly a week before burning up upon reentry. The project is an attempt to give ordinary people access to space science by allowing for launching very tiny, inexpensive satellites, with costs spread across hundreds of others that are nearly identical to it.

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