When it comes to doing stuff on your own, launching something you built by yourself into space to orbit the earth is pretty high up on the "not really possible" list.
But, apparently, no one told South Korean Artist and Technophile Song Ho-jun that -- because it's exactly what he's doing.
Song, who's known for tech-based art installations, has spent the past six years learning how to build and find the parts for his satellite, which he's named "Open Satellite Initiative" or "OpenSat." The whole thing cost less than $500 to put together, and now a French tech company has announced that it's successfully brokered a deal with a third party rocket company.
The team is going to shoot the satellite, which is built from savaged parts found online and back-alley electronics shops, into space for around $105,000.
The satellite weighs a little bit more than two pounds and measures roughly four cubic inches. While in space, the OpenSat will transmit updates on how it's doing, including its battery's status, its temperature, and how fast it's solar panel rotates. Oh, and the satellite will hopefully send out a repeated Morse code message via its LED lights.
Geesh! For something that so cool ... that actually seems kind of boring.
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