TWOi 2.0

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.

Meet 2 Delete

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

TWOi video flyer 14.2 MiB

TWOi poster A3 230 KiB

#Meet2delete #Delete2ascend


Current Position of Kicksat-2 – Norad: Catalogue 44046 – TWOi


  • 2019-04-15 TWOi partial transmission decoded – many thanks to Daniel Esteves
  • 2019-04-02 Kicksat2 presumed to have re-entered 06:12 UTC +- 4 hours
  • 2019-03-23 TWOi flies free!
    (print ..)
  • 2019-03-23 Sprite observation by clemibunge on satnogs #551473
  • 2019-03-23 Sprite signals successfully detected by Dwingeloo @
  • 2019-03-19 Kicksat2 deploy signal sent
  • 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)
    Hi Everyone,
    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!
    - Zac
  • 2019-02-12 hunt for sprite signals continues (437.240 MHz 64 Khz MSK modulated)
  • 2019-02-09 04:16 (NZDT) Cygnus NG-10 successfully undocked from the International Space Station

  • 2018-11-19 21:00 (NZDT) Coverage of Cygnus ISS docking

  • 2018-11-17 TWOi is on its way to the ISS; Cygnus is scheduled to dock 2018-11-19 21:00 NZDT
  • 2018-11-17 10:01 (NZDT)NG-10 launch successful
  • 2018-11-16 11:34 Launch of NG-10 is again delayed by 24 hours due to weather at Wallops Flight Facility.
  • Current Launch Estimate 2018-11-17 10:03 PM


9 PM Sat Nov 17th(NZDT)
Launch Vigil
Thomas King Observatory,
Space Place,
40 Salamanca Road,
Wellington New Zealand
-41.28461, 174.76781

The TWOi pico-satellite was launched on Nov 17th 2019 at 04:03 EST (10.03 PM NZDT) from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia USA on board NASA’s International Space Station resupply mission NG-10 (also known as OA-10E).


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.

The Thomas King Observatory will be open during the entire deployment period starting Friday 15th Feb 5pm and then

Schedule updates and mission status will be published here daily. Please check back for details.


The Weight of Information 2.0 is funded by Wellington Public Art Fund and supported by Experience Wellington, and assisted by Wellington Independent Arts Trust.

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