If you’ve ever wanted to fly an experiment to the edge of space, this is your chance! PongSat by JP Aerospace is the World’s Space Program! A Pongsat is an experiment stuffed inside a ping pong ball, and we fly them for FREE! Sky’s (no– SPACE) is the limit! What will you fly?
- Read the getting started pdf: jpaerospace.com/pongsat/PongSGuide-n.PDF
- Create your experiment per the guidelines in the pdf.
- Cut open a ping pong ball and stuff your experiment inside (or 3D print one using the supplied model for extra geek appeal).
- Fill out the form on the back page of the pdf from #1.
- Mail us your PongSat with the form from #4, and we’ll fly your experiment on our next flight! Our balloon flights routinely reach an altitude of 90,000 to 100,000 feet!
Note: although the PongSat program is focused toward education, anyone anywhere may participate, student or not. The purpose of the program is learning by doing: an opportunity to get hands on with space easily.
Also, the model is provided for you to customize for your experiment, such as adding circuit board, switch, and sensor mounts. The only modification not allowed is making the diameter larger than 40mm, at least not without special permission.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!