"K2 Tuesdays" is a series on the development of KySat-2, the latest spacecraft from Kentucky Space. Prior installments, from new to old, are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Many of us on the KySat-2 team were at the annual CubeSat Workshop / SmallSat Conference in Logan Utah last week for a week of productive talks, meetings and get togethers with the Cubesat community. In the days immediately prior to the conference, the team got the flight model through all the environmental testing, which was a huge hurdle cleared.

An image of the craft on the vibration table can be seen in this earlier post.

The flight model is now in a period of long-duration functional testing. We have also begun building a second flight model that may serve as a backup or be used for further testing.

As part of the functional testing, the software team worked with the satellite startup procedure yesterday, building in method whereby the spacecraft cannot transmit until the solar panels have been extended. This prevents accidental transmission attempts that might damage the radio. Today, team members are populating the beacons with electrical power system telemetry that will enable ground stations to evaluate the spacecraft's health in real time.

By the end of the week we will take and transmit photos taken by the spacecraft during a simulated orbit.

Twyman Clements, Space Systems Engineer, Kentucky Space