One year has passed since the successful space launch of ArduSat aboard a H-IIB rocket. As you surely remember, Ardusat is the first open satellite platform that allows private citizens to design and run their own applications in space. It was launched on 4th August 2013.
Our Radiation Sensor Boards
We adapted our Radiation Sensors, wich were developed originally to measure radioactivity levels on Earth, to meet the satelliteâ€™s restrictions in terms of weight, size and power control, so it could be full operative in outer space conditions.
Our Radiation Sensor Boards monitor radiation levels generated by space phenomena such as sun storms and background activity. This sensing technology acts as a Geiger counter measuring gamma particles produced anywhere in space.
The ArduSat project currently consists in two identical satellites: ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X. The experiments for ArduSat are developed in C/C++ for AVR/Arduino, using the ArduSatSDK.
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
In this video, you can see how we live the 5 previous days and the launch exciting moment. In the video we explained the general difficulties we faced in the project, how difficult was to find the sensors, the challenge the project supposed for us, the helpful our previous Fukushima experience were and of course, the incredible size decrease we achieve with the board and sensors - when we talk about launching things to the space, it has to be minimum in size and weight.
Don't miss the succesful full separation final moment, where the teams involved both in Spain and Japan, hugged one another.
We were really proud to be part of this project and we enjoyed it a lot. Please stay tuned to know more information about the current status of the project soon.