Here is the picture book story of Project Calliope. We start with plucky rocket startup Interorbital Systems (IOS) and their rocket work. They ship a mysterious package to Sandy, who opens it to find a mysterious selection of parts. Adding pieces of his own, he begins to assemble a satellite. But will it survive the attack of the cat? It does, and he safely flies it to San Francisco. Returning home, he enters a dream sequence where he imagines what the launch will look like. Wishing to share the joy of 'music from space', he has flight patches and pins designed, then settles back into the build. Soon, to space!
Interorbit launch photos (property of Interorbital Systems)
Interorbital Systems builds rockets
Interorbital launch rail
Tubesat layout, from Interorbital
Tubesat kits and parts (Project Calliope)
This is what you get-- a box with stuff.
... and these are the parts in the box!
You have to fabricate the PCBs (circuit boards) yourself, using IOS schematics
Here's my selection of 3 ounces of potential instruments to fly
IOS provides these solar cells; you have to solder them onto panels (carefully, they break!)
Once you assemble the boards (sans electronics), beware of pets.
Here is the test assembly in a (slightly) safer place.
Everything-- parts, lab gear, instruments-- fits into this box. NPR loved this box.
Fun stuff (Project Calliope)
This animated GIF is our visualization of Calliope's launch
These are our official limited edition flight patch designs!