Calypso is a volunteer cubesat project to develop a new “green” propulsion system for nanosatellites on deep space missions. Calypso is based on a 1U cubesat bus that we currently have in possession from Pumpkin, Inc. To this, we are adding an additional 2U that comprises the experimental payload. We welcome support on Patreon below and invite everyone to become involved by following the “Get Involved” above:
Propulsion represents one of the central challenges to effective utilization of nanosatellites for missions beyond Low Earth Orbit. Their small size and mass budget has made traditional chemical propulsion systems generally prohibitive except for certain cold gas or liquid monopropellant systems. To address this challenge, developers are turning to more novel modes of propulsion, including electric thrusters and experiments with solar sails.
The Aerospace Research & Engineering Systems Institute, Inc. (ARES Institute) is a non-profit educational and scientific organization that promotes space exploration, advanced technology development and STEM education. The organization was founded in 2003 and is a registered tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. ARES Institute pursues its mission of research and education by establishing innovative hands-on programs involving students, educational institutions and the general public across the United States.
I was recently on the Cold Star Project podcast to discuss simplified rapid access to space, our current work and future plans. You can watch here: or listen to the audio-only here:
The first of our file repositories are live on Github! https://github.com/CalypsoCubesat
We have set up a page on Patreon where you can show your support, donate and receive exciting rewards. Everything from access to our private server, a mission shirt and even VIP invitation to the launch of Calypso! Check it out: https://www.patreon.com/calypsocubesat.
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