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Make: DIY Satellite Platforms - Building a Space Ready General Base Picosatellite for Any Mission (Paperback)

Author: Sandy Antunes

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All make: indian reprints are in grayscale. Want to build your own satellite and launch it into space? It and rsquo;s easier than you may think. The first in a series of four books, this do-it-yourself guide shows you the essential steps needed to design a base picosatellite platformócomplete with a solar-powered computer-controlled assemblyótough enough to withstand a rocket launch and survive in orbit for three months.

Whether you want to conduct scientific experiments, run engineering tests or present an orbital art project, you and rsquo;ll select basic components such as an antenna, radio transmitter, solar cells, battery, power bus, processor, sensors and an extremely small picosatellite chassis. This entertaining series takes you through the entire processófrom planning to launch.
Prototype and fabricate printed circuit boards to handle your payload
Choose a prefab satellite kit, complete with solar cells, power system and on-board computer
Calculate your power budgetóhow much you need vs. what the solar cells collect
Select between the Arduino or BasicX-24 onboard processors and determine how to use the radio transmitter and sensors
Learn your launch options, including the providers and cost required

Use milestones to keep your project schedule in motion.

About the Author

Sandy Antunes Alexander "Sandy" Antunes (born 1967 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a Maryland-area astronomer, author and role playing game designer. He graduated from Boston University in 1989 with a dual major in astronomy and physics, received a Masters in astronomy from Penn State in 1992 and received his PhD in computational astrophysics from George Mason University in 2005. He was the Maryland Science Center "Science Person of the Month" for May 2007.


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