July 21, 2009 AT 5:23 pm

Arduino in space

Pollux
Arduino in space

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 [http://eludium.stensat.org.nyud.net/ANDE/Main.html], are part of the Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment (ANDE) that studies atmospheric perturbations in the LEO environment. Castor [http://eludium.stensat.org.nyud.net/ANDE/Castor.html] contains an ARM processor, while Pollux is running an Atmel ATMega CPU. Pollux [http://eludium.stensat.org.nyud.net/ANDE/Pollux.html] also contains student payloads developed with Arduino on Atmel AVRs. Both satellites transmit telemetry using the FX.25 FEC format [http://www.stensat.org.nyud.net/Docs/Docs.htm] developed by the Stensat guys [http://www.stensat.org.nyud.net/satellites.htm]. Many components are commercial-grade, purchased from Digikey. This is the second ANDE mission, following the successful deployment of MAA and FCal [http://www.usna.edu.nyud.net/Users/aero/bruninga/fcal.html] on STS-116 (both also flying commercial components.)”


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