SkyCube Crowdsourced Satellite

Last night, we watched the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars.  It was awesome!  Today, we found a cool project on Kickstarter that is all about space. Check out the video below.

This SkyCube nano-satellite (10x10x10cm) will take images of Earth and even send Tweets from space.  The coolest part?  You can control it!  You can purchase the rights to control anywhere from 10 seconds for a dollar (which let’s you send one Tweet from space), or a whole day for 10 grand (which allows you 10,000 Tweets and 2000 images – plus other goodies.)

Even if you don’t want to pay to control it – but come on, who wouldn’t want to Tweet from space for a buck – you can check out it’s images on each ground station pass via iOS, Android, and web apps.

The SkyCube will be deployed as a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2013.  After 90 days of orbit, it will deploy a 10-foot diameter balloon which will make it visible to the human eye.  About 3 weeks after the deploy, atmospheric drag will put it through the atmosphere, ending the mission cleanly in a fiery “grand finale” that avoids any buildup of space debris.

There are 36 days to go on this Kickstarter project, so get over to www.kickstarter.com now and reserve your space.

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