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:

http://www.gcmap.com/search?Q=62.61686518N+153.6256170W

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:

http://global.mapit.mysociety.org/point/4326/-153.6256170,62.61686518.html

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:

http://www.flightradar24.com/62.61686518,-153.6256170

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:

http://www.vikeslandic.com/id15.html

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:
  1. Nearly everyone in New Guinea was involved in this project in some way, or at the very least was following the progress as events unfolded. We built a [real, yet tiny] spacecraft, tested it, and launched it. We came together.
  2. The name of our Princess [name withheld for privacy concerns, but also because she is a minor] was flown in space, and completed scores of orbits.
  3. We received signals from KickSat (the Mothership), and processed telemetry data.
  4. Our sprite satellite completed 23 orbits of the Earth attached to KickSat. We are the first [micronation or pocket state] to do such a thing.
It is indeed unfortunate that New Guinea's CRS-3 NGSAT sprite satellite was not able to deploy, and orbit independently, yet New Guinea did a lot of ground-breaking work, and there is already a new project in progress, and the nation intends to play an even larger role next time.

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):

http://int.media/kicksat-packet-2014-05-13.wav


The Nation of New Guinea
http://newguinea-gov.com

New Guinea Space Program (CRS-3 NGSAT) mission page
http://ummoa.technology/ngsat

KickSat (Wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KickSat

KickSat Has Reentered
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zacinaction/kicksat-your-personal-spacecraft-in-space/posts/843807

KickSat decayed
http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?p=45127
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