What We’ve Been Up To
Equipped with lights, a radio and state-of-the-art batteries, our satellite, EQUiSat, is a proving ground for developing new, low-cost technologies for space exploration and development. EQUiSat carries four LEDs, each of which is 300 times more powerful than a phone flashlight and together will be visible on earth with the naked eye. Powering these lights are four batteries made of lithium, iron, phosphorus and oxygen, the likes of which have never flown in space before. As NASA wants to use these batteries on the rovers and spacesuits that will return to the moon and explore Mars, they’re excited to see how they perform. To listen to the satellite, we’ve equipped EQUiSat with a small radio that can be monitored by individuals and universities. To make sure that our satellite is fully prepared for enduring the harshest environments known to man, we need testing equipment that is capable of replicating these conditions on the ground.
Those of us not working on our satellite are building balloons and educating the community. This year, with your help, we will launch a balloon to the edge of space. Bristling with sensors and cameras, our balloon will carry the first 360-degree camera miles higher than a jumbo jet and broadcast video in real time.