Undergraduate students at the Utah State University (USU) have successfully launched the first Pi-powered satellite into orbit. The GASPACS CubeSat, which was sponsored by NASA, features a Raspberry Pi Zero computer, a second-gen Pi Camera Module, and a DFRobot Beetle microcontroller to facilitate basic tasks at a low price.
Like other CubeSat devices, the GASPACS CubeSat is quite small—just 10 centimeters wide. Its mission is to test an “aeroboom” stabilization system, which successfully deployed 45 minutes after astronauts tossed GASPACS CubeSat off the ISS.
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