This is a guest post from Kentucky Space. Follow them: @KySpace or via their Facebook page.
As the guy responsible for social media at Kentucky Space, I’ve long been interested in media-and-space, and enjoy using the new social tools and iPhone and Android-based phone applications that make the vacuum just a little more accessible.
For example, follow @twisst on Twitter and you’ll be notified when the ISS is passing over your location. Go outside at dusk or dawn and you’ll be stunned at how brightly the station reflects our star’s light as it glides over Earth’s dome. Or follow @XI_V. Google translate the tweets and the diminutive cubesat will offer up its internal voltages and temperates, or whether its camera is armed and ready to snap a picture.
Imagine when a real terrestrial network for CubeSats is available – in addition to the obvious boon of continuous, global contact with amateur satellites, there is no telling what kind of added information, even information of commercial value, that might be made available in the future. GENSO are you listening?
When Kentucky Space flew from Wallops on a suborbital last spring, I turned its calls home into a ringtone that you can ...