New Guinea's CRS-3 NGSAT space mission ends with some historic firsts
The nation of New Guinea's epicentre is some 36 miles (58 km) southeast of Nikolai Airport, a tiny and remote airport with a single landing strip, and without an air traffic control tower.
The closest actual airport, however, is the Farewell Lake Seaplane Base, which is actually a base for seaplanes, not airplanes, located on Farewell Lake.
All the other airports which can be found in the vicinity, are at this URL:
It is not an easy or luxurious place to live in, because we aren't talking about a small community, in densely populated Winnecomaq (Long Island), not too far from New York City, and several major international airports. This particular area is considered part of:
In this case, Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport, the closest major airport, is some 155 miles (249 km) away, and the epicentre of the nation of New Guinea is in the remote Alaskan wilderness.
Check out a dynamic map of the nearest flying airplanes at this URL:
But don't let the remoteness of New Guinea fool you. New Guinea is a pocket state with a mighty punch!
On 18 April 2014, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, the New Guinea satellite carrier module (KickSat) was deployed in low Earth orbit.
With that successful launch alone, New Guinea has gone where no pocket state has gone before!
Before that launch, the first micronational space pioneer, the Kingdom of Vikesland, had only sent its flag's image into space, little more than a really cute billboard in space, just above the earth's stratosphere:
The first New Guinea space mission, CRS-3 NGSAT, did not achieve all of the mission's planned objectives, as New Guinea's sprite satellite deployment never occurred. KickSat re-entered the atmosphere, and burned up during the night of 13 May 2014, at 10:28 PM EDT (or on 14 May 2014, at 03:28 CMT), according to the data extracted from the picture above. Because of this, New Guinea's sprite satellite could not be deployed in time.
However, New Guinea still achieved what no nation its size has ever achieved! KicksSat, "the Mothership", carried not one, but 104 sprite satellites (femtosatellites), and one of those sprite satellites was New Guinea's CRS-3 NGSAT!
This was not just breathtaking space advertising, but a tiny, yet real space communications mission. Had New Guinea's sprite satellite been able to deploy, the mission would have been even more triumphant and interesting.
New Guinea's First Citizen Archangel, summed up the accomplishments as follows:
The Managing Editor of Intermicronational World (IW) also feels especially privileged to have been able to keep readers up-to-date on the mission's progress, and this has added yet another history-making space mission to micronational history.
For New Guinea, this mission has lasted longer than the approximate month Intermicronational World has covered it. For them, it has been a long and eventful two-year journey, which has come to a spectacular — if somewhat melancholic — end.
We hope New Guinea can achieve even more in its next scheduled mission.
One of KickSat's last sound packets recorded by mission volunteers follows below. The recording started on 13 May 2014, at 20:40:23 CMT, at 437.510685 MHz (apparently within the UHF radio band for commercial radios):
The Nation of New Guinea
New Guinea Space Program (CRS-3 NGSAT) mission page
KickSat Has Reentered