Satellite, Groundstation, Thomas King Observatory, Low Earth Orbit, 15.11.18 — 03.04.19
The Weight of Information 2.0
updated: Wed Feb 19 23:28 NZDT 2019
Status: Kicksat2 re-entered at ~ 06:12 UTC April 2nd 2019
The Weight of Information 2.0 (TWOi) is a pico-satellite artwork currently in Low Earth Orbit. It was launched onboard Cyngus NG-10 on Nov 17th 2018 and TWOi is in the Kicksat2 deployer satellite which left the Cygnus on Wed 13 Feb 2019. Deployment commands were initially sent to KickSat2 to deploy TWOi and 99 other sprite satellites into autonomous orbit on Friday 15th Feb 2019. Signals from Kicksat2 have been received and the effort to receive signals from TWOi and the sprites continues.
When deployed TWOi will collect information and immediately delete it while in orbit, attempting to ascend by forgetting. A ground station installation is setup at the Thomas King Observatory, Wellington, NZ.
To help TWOi on his way public were invited to Meet 2 Delete, They brought personal paper documents to shred, let something go and make the world a little lighter, whilst following TWOi’s progress.
Low Earth Orbit & Thomas King Observatory, Space Place, 40 Salamanca Road, Wellington, NZ, -41.28461, 174.76781
Opening: Friday 15th Feb 5pm
Daily: Saturday 16th Feb – Sat 23rd Feb, 11am -> 6pm
2019-03-08 Kicksat2 reset command sent to re-deploy antenna
2019-02-28 Kicksat2 telemetry recording by C.Bassa decoded. Kicksat2 healthy
1160 mins uptime | 8.27 Volts | battery discharge 17mA | 0mA charging current | S=01 Status sprites not deployed
2019-02-18 Kicksat2 telemetry decoded – signal weak – suspected antenna deployment problem
2019-02-17 consistent detection of Kicksat2 signal – signal weak possibly due to antenna damage
2019-02-16 Sprite deployment commands sent to Kicksat2
2019-02-14 23:04 Estimated first pass of Kicksat2 over TKO
2019-02-14 Kicksat2 successfully deployed time 12:32 PM NZDT (2019-02-13 11:32 UTC | 2019-02-13 18:32 EST)
We just received word that KickSat-2 has been deployed from the Cygnus
vehicle. Here is a preliminary TLE:
1 99999U 14xxxA 19044.94791667 .00078986 00000-0 25641-3 0 00009
2 99999 051.6381 254.6240 0007894 311.4200 082.7978 15.89693916000012
The KickSat-2 is transmitting telemetry data on 437.505 MHz. The telemetry
packets are standard AX.25, 1200 baud FSK (not AFSK). Happy hunting!
TWOi is a tertiary payload and is packed inside the Kicksat2 deployer satellite which is a cubesat that has been launched as part of NASA’s Educational Launch Program. The Kicksat deployer satellite is packed on board a Cygnus spacecraft that has taken 4.5 tons of supplies to the International Space Station.
The Cygnus made the journey to the ISS and docked with it. TWOi and Kicksat2 have remained on board the Cyngus while the supplies were unloaded and the Cygnus has been repacked for de-orbiting.
Cygnus undocked from the ISS on Feb 8th 2019 and is performing a series of maneuvers to deploy cubesats including Kicksat2 which is currently scheduled for Web 13th Feb 2019. 2 Days later TWOi will be deployed into autonomous orbit.
TWOi and Kicksat2 will be on a rapidly descending orbit and are scheduled to re-enter around Feb 23rd 2019.