Thursday, 28 August 2014

Find a way or make one

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“Aut inveniam viam aut faciam”

is Latin for

“I shall either find a way or make one.”

We’re about a third of the way through our Firefly Kickstarter project.

The idea is simple:

We want everyone to be able to do some science and exploration.

  • Students
  • Hackers
  • Small startups
  • Garage Inventors
  • HAM Radio operators

“Firefly” mimics some of the key features of spacecraft development in a four-inch by four-inch prototyping area, the outward dimensions of the extremely popular Cubesat. Because coders can use the Arduino development environment to create and download sketches to the board, Firefly will be familiar to anyone who works with Arduino.

Kentucky Space is using it initially in its active high altitude balloon program.

The board is free from ITAR restrictions, though if you use it as the brains for your project in orbit, ITAR may still apply.

Firefly will be the featured board at the Cubesat Space Hackers Workshop in San Jose, California, scheduled for Oct. 26 – 28. Bob Twiggs, the creator of the Cubesat, will discuss the development and execution of low cost space missions at the workshop.

When complete, we’ll have the resources and platform you need to get your project started with everything from shared code libraries to an online community.

We need your help!

Please go to our Kickstarter project and back it.

Just as importantly… tell everyone you know! :-)

Author: Michael Doornbos

Michael is the founder of Evadot.com and Product Designer at Simply-Home.com and as such can often be found cavorting with penguins or eating herring. Michael can be reached at mike@evadot.com and at michaeldoornbos.com and on twitter as @mrdoornbos

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