Ardusat - Rent Your Own Satellite

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Based out Mountain View, California, NanoSatisfi is a start-up company that wants to bring space exploration to the masses. The outfit has built a tiny satellite called ArduSat, measuring 10 by 10 by 10 centimeters, that's equipped with an ambient light sensor, magnetometer and a Geiger counter, as well as multiple cameras to take photos of the Earth. It uses a UHF transceiver to send and receive data with the servers at NanoSatisfi, and the company is offering individuals the opportunity to rent the device for about $250 a week. The makers of ArduSat have compiled a list of possible activities one could perform with the satellite, each falling under three distinct categories -- science, engineering and entertainment -- with highlights ranging from hunting for meteors to mapping the earth's magnetic field. Check out the ArduSat Kickstarter page to find out more.

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