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Mount Burnett Observatory

A community astronomical observatory in the Dandenong Ranges

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Friday 25th April 2014 - Jon Oxer talks on doing science experiments in orbit with CubeSats

This Friday at 8pm, we are fortunate in having Jonathan Oxer giving us a talk about his involvement in the ArdusSat and CubeSat projects!

Running an experiment in space usually requires custom hardware to be launched into orbit at enormous cost. ArduSat is a project designed to change that, by maintaining a fleet of general purpose experimental satellites in orbit and allowing anyone with an interest in space science to design and run their own experiments right from their computer. The first three ArduSat satellites have already been launched and many more are on the way.

Jonathan Oxer designed the general purpose experiment module called the Payload Processor Module that was launched into orbit in ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X, allowing anyone from hobbyists and school students to professional researchers to run their own experiments in space. In this talk he'll explain the background of the ArduSat project, the CubeSat satellite architecture, how satellites get into orbit, and the operation of the Payload Processor Module, showing how you can run your very own experiments in orbit.

Following supper, there will be viewing through the MBO telescopes (weather permitting). If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along.



Welcome to Mount Burnett Observatory inc. We are an astronomical society based at Mount Burnett Observatory, in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. The Observatory was originally built in 1972 by Monash University. In 2011 the site was formally taken over by our organisation and it now has a new life as a community observatory. Our aim is to preserve the facility and to use it to promote astronomy and science to the communities in the Dandenongs.

The Observatory for members and guests every Friday from 7:30pm. Our Young Observers group meet on Saturday evenings once a month.

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