The ArduSat is loaded with sensors, cameras, and radios that will beavailable for use in just about any experiment you can think of, andthat's the point: the team is trying to create an open source, crowd-funded opportunity to run experiments in space without having toundergo months of planning and fundraising.
The ArduSat will be equipped with three cameras, anopen sourcespectrometer,magnetometer, and even a Geiger counter. It will alsocome with accelerometers, a gyroscope, a flight navigation system, and aspare GPS chip just for research purposes, among
others. Datacollected during the experiments will be stored on SD cards andtransmitted back to earth via UHF radios, where it will be passed on bythe staff of ArduSat. The entire satellite will be powered by solar panelslocated on 4 inch square exterior frame.Because of the Arduino's well documented, open-source nature andmultitude of add-ons,the open source prototyping platform has becomea hit with engineers, scientists, and students since its debut in 2005. Bychoosing a platform with such a widespread adoption rate, the ArduSatteam is hoping that peoples' familiarity with the programming languagewill help them stage experiments faster than they could have otherwise.The ArduSat Project is being run by a team of threeNASA AmesResearch Centeremployees
Peter Platzer, Jereon Cappaert, and RekaKovacs
while the last member, Joel Spark, works forEADS Astrium in Germany. By breaking down the financial and technical barriers toentry, these four will hopefully open up space-based research to anyonewho needs it. The Kickstarter project has already met its $35,000 goal,and it still has 23 days to go.