[Space] Development ideas...
matt.everingham at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 12:02:08 PST 2009
I was thinking about the hardware development side of flying open
source stuff in space and thought I would share a couple ideas on
potential development pathways.
There are microcontrollers out there that have been flown on cubesats.
I would think it would be possible to port arduino code to run on one
of these spacefaring microcontrollers in order to open the door for an
open source satellite. I could imagine this approach evolving into a
satellite version of the ardupilot. Below are a couple of links with
info about these things. The near term version could be used on
balloon flights to point payloads and control the radio. Balloon
flights would be a great way to test something like this because, if
you play your cards right, you stand a chance of actually getting the
hardware back at the end.
AMSAT's history of amateur satellites:
These guys are using at ATMEGA in their satellite:
And the story behind the ardupilot development process:
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