"K2 Tuesdays" is a series on the development of KySat-2, the latest spacecraft from Kentucky Space. Prior installments, new to old, are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.
We are turning for home in the development of KySat-2 so I thought it’d be a good time to share some photos. While many tests and hurdles remain, the components have been coming together over the past two weeks.
The first photo shows the K2 frame integrated with dummy solar panels, the second shows the electrical power system built by MSU integrated onto the frame, and, finally, the last photo shows the camera lens, its structure, the antenna phasing board and the deployment board all integrated onto the –Z face of the spacecraft. In the final picture, note the curved structures around which the antennas will wrap.
This week we will be integrating the last subsystem with the FlatSat version of KySat-2. Once we get everything talking to one another we will start integrating the flight structure. The purpose of the "FlatSat" is to connect and lay out the critical components of the spacecraft to isolate any problems before the cube takes shape.
We are happy to announce that we were granted a frequency allocation from the International Amateur Radio Union to allow KySat-2 to transmit. Now it’s time for the entire K2 team to buckle down over the next three months for delivery of our spacecraft at the end of summer.
Twyman Clements, Space Systems Engineer, Kentucky Space