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With ArduSat 1 and ArduSat X pushed out of the hatch of the International Space Station and now in orbit, the project's organisers are calling on people with radio kit to help track the tiny satellites. The two Arduino-powered open-source cubesats were among four scheduled for ISS deployment this week. The other two are Pico …

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  1. Annihilator Silver badge
    Happy

    Cool vid

    And as a bonus, the ISS will have gotten a tiny boost in orbit by pushing them out.. ;-)

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    2. Martin Budden Bronze badge

      Re: Cool vid

      But, it seems silly to have pushed the cubes down. Are they deliberately trying to shorten the cubes' lifespans? Pushing them out forwards would have been best, even sideways would have been OK, but down (or up) makes the cubes reach the point of Fiery Doom™ earlier.

      1. Annihilator Silver badge

        Re: Cool vid

        Pushing up or forward (or even sideways) gives risk of later collision with the ISS.

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