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Arduino in Space

tigoeJuly 21st, 2009

Jim McGuire of the Stensat Group sent this report on what might be the most exteme environment that an Arduino’s been deployed in yet:

“In addition to the primary ISS construction mission, STS-127 is carrying two 19-inch spherical satellites scheduled for deployment on Mission Day 16. The two spheres, Castor and Pollux [], are part of the Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment (ANDE) that studies atmospheric perturbations in the LEO environment. Castor [] contains an ARM processor, while Pollux is running an Atmel ATMega CPU. Pollux [] also contains student payloads developed with Arduino on Atmel AVRs. Both satellites transmit telemetry using the FX.25 FEC format [] developed by the Stensat guys []. Many components are commercial-grade, purchased from Digikey. This is the second ANDE mission, following the successful deployment of MAA and FCal [] on STS-116 (both also flying commercial components.)”

Thanks Jim, for the report!