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KickSat 2



KickSat-2 was developed and prepared for launch at NASA’s Ames Research Center in collaboration with Stanford University. The project’s predecessor, KickSat-1, had its humble beginnings as a crowd-funded Kickstarter project in 2011, with many of the same concepts carrying over to the project as it exists today.

The three-unit CubeSat is designed with two compartments, one unit to run the spacecraft, providing power, communications and data-handling, while the other two units house and deploy the Sprites. All the materials for the Sprites and the satellite bus are commercially available at extremely low costs.

KickSat-2 was deployed on the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites 16 mission through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. This initiative provides low-cost access to space for science and technology demonstration CubeSat projects designed, built and operated by students, teachers and faculty as well as NASA centers and programs and nonprofit organizations.

Alternate Names

  • 44046
  • KickSat2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2018-11-17
Launch Vehicle: Antares
Launch Site: Wallops Island, United States
Mass: 5.5 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United States)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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