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(New Scientist)   Space station poised to launch open-source satellites that could make space research available to citizen scientists   (newscientist.com) divider line 22
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2013-08-07 02:00:28 PM  
Here's a close up of one of the cubes.
www3.telus.net
 
2013-08-07 02:04:31 PM  
Could one open source crash them?
 
2013-08-07 04:40:20 PM  
This will immediately be used to look down women's tops.
 
2013-08-07 05:36:25 PM  
So how do we use this to troll aliens?
 
2013-08-07 05:40:33 PM  
Because if there's one thing we need in our atmosphere, it's more man-made space junk.
 
2013-08-07 05:42:44 PM  
First, link is farked for me.

Secondly, I googled the term.  Every site with relevant data is all offline.  WTF?

I know it's not a school internet filter, I can access all sorts of risque content on this network.
 
2013-08-07 05:45:15 PM  
Damn.

Nice start but I want a zero-G metal furnace up there.
 
2013-08-07 05:46:43 PM  
In space, no one can hear you babble on about Linux
 
2013-08-07 06:16:50 PM  
Excellent humans! My plans are working.

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2013-08-07 06:33:34 PM  

MrEricSir: Because if there's one thing we need in our atmosphere, it's more man-made space junk.


It's rough math, but it looks like these things might be out of the way in about a year or two.  I do wonder if they time their release so they're right before a boost, to keep them out of the ISS flight path.

Someone who crunches these types of numbers for work or self-torture should clarify my guesstimate.
 
2013-08-07 06:41:31 PM  

James!: Could one open source crash them?


You could possibly test whether or not fork bombs work in space.
 
2013-08-07 07:20:36 PM  

abhorrent1: So how do we use this to troll aliens?


We could stuff a 3d printer into a cube 10cm on a side.
 
2013-08-07 07:32:13 PM  

Sugarbombs: MrEricSir: Because if there's one thing we need in our atmosphere, it's more man-made space junk.

It's rough math, but it looks like these things might be out of the way in about a year or two.  I do wonder if they time their release so they're right before a boost, to keep them out of the ISS flight path.

Someone who crunches these types of numbers for work or self-torture should clarify my guesstimate.


Yeah, the orbit will degrade, but with the low relative velocity these things are likely to have with the station, even out there was a collision it wouldn't really be forceful enough to be a cause for concern.
 
2013-08-07 08:10:57 PM  
And monkeys might fly out of my butt
 
2013-08-07 08:11:36 PM  
Do they have 3D Printers?
 
2013-08-07 10:31:12 PM  
Great. Now we're going to have to put up with twenty years of "Is this the year of geosynchronous Linux?"

Neckbeards. Every single one of you.
 
2013-08-08 12:51:42 AM  
I participated in the ArduSat Kickstarter, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies...

/$25 backer
 
2013-08-08 04:21:29 AM  
Excellent!   This will make it harder for inconvenient data to be "lost" like the climate data was...
 
2013-08-08 07:08:40 AM  
Ion Cannon ready

static.tvtropes.org
 
2013-08-08 08:34:41 AM  
It's a gnu/satellite failmitter
 
2013-08-08 10:04:49 AM  

Lanadapter: It's a gnu/satellite failmitter


Arduino = gnu?
 
2013-08-08 12:06:35 PM  

MrEricSir: Because if there's one thing we need in our atmosphere, it's more man-made space junk.


Except that there isn't any space junk in our atmosphere, once it's in  our atmosphere it's just ordinary junk. Uusually it's flaming ordinary junk. Sometimes it makes to the ground and then it's mostly burnt and smashed bits of ordinary junk.
 
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