Ground Sphere Mk 3 is the 2016 Mach 30 development project. Our mission objective is to listen to radio signals from NASA's International Space Station. Since the project began, we’ve learned that this HAM radio downlink was all but shut down, except for large pre-coordinated events with NASA. While that’s unfortunate, our system is “reconfigurable” and we’re now testing it by downlinking images from NOAA weather satellites.

We are running this project using a modified Agile/Scrum process with 6 week sprints, and we’re managing ourselves as an Integrated Product Team where there are volunteers for a variety of backgrounds and fields all working together. We have graphics designers, communications/electrical engineers, systems engineers, and social media marketers. This real-time collaboration produces great progress each week. Check out the wiki to learn more!