History

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h1. History
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The Ground Sphere projects have a rich history at Mach 30, starting with a question from Mach 30 contributor Aaron Harper leading all the way to the current generation Ground Sphere intended for receiving signals from the International Space Station.
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h2. Mk 1
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h3. The Inspiration
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<"Aaron's story of asking the question that led to the first GS":http://mach30.org/2013/05/16/ground-station-part-1/>
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h3. Revision 1
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<Aaron's story of the first build (everything soldered together>.  Why he chose the design he did, putting it together, and testing it>
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h3. Revision 2
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<Aaron's story of the second build (screw terminals for the aerials, so we could ship it, a design decision that is still with us today).  J's story of "taking it to New Space 2013":http://mach30.org/2013/08/03/new-space-2013-wrap-up/>
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h2. Mk 2
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<insert continued story (with photos and link to project) of the SkyCube GS>
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h3. Companion to SkyCube... Ground Sphere of Course
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<discussion of "updated requirements":https://opendesignengine.net/projects/groundsphere/wiki/Requirements_Document (focus on top level), new dimensions>
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h3. Building Mk 2 
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<discuss new build (use lots of pics, including from "this blog post":http://mach30.org/2014/06/03/testing-for-catastrophic-capacitor-failure/> 
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h3. Testing and SkyCube
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<discuss "test procedure":https://opendesignengine.net/projects/groundsphere/wiki/Testing ("especially tests for signal reception":https://opendesignengine.net/projects/groundsphere/wiki/Test_112_Instructions).  close with info from "SkyCube updates":https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/880837561/skycube-the-first-satellite-launched-by-you/posts/985395>
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h2. Mk 3
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<insert story and goal of Mk 3 (with logo), happy hour, Perigee, etc>