Our expected launch date will be in early 2018. We are launching from the Mahia Peninsula, which is on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. We are working hard towards this deadline, and we are excited to launch with 19 other institutions in 2018.
Our mission is to inspire and unite individuals across the world to pursue careers in STEM fields, and find new methods of space propulsion. It is our mission to share our experiences and research with you. We look forward to partnering with you.
We are excited to involve you in our project at many different levels. Whether you are a school, an individual, or a satellite enthusiast we will have many ways for you to be involved in this project. We look forward to embarking on this journey with you.
The Project DaVinci satellite will allow you to accomplish that and more. The team has partnered with GlobalStar, a subscription based internet service that uses satellites to allow users to access the internet nearly everywhere on Earth. The Project DaVinci satellite will be doing something very different though- it will be connecting with GlobalStar is space! Project Davinci is the first group to have a satellite connect with the GlobalStar Satellite in Space. This is a satellite to satellite connection instead of the standard satellite to ground connection. With this internet connection in space, Project DaVinci’s satellite will tackle the first Bitcoin transaction in space, and bring space to the general public by allowing users to upload social media while the satellite is in orbit.
From the Project DaVinci ground station, the team can control messages sent and received to and from the satellite. The team is partnering with schools around the world and, using a radio receiver dongle (left), students can receive messages and informational packets from our satellite. Using specific frequencies such as 145.1 MHz (uplink) and 436.5 MHz (downlink), the team can upload information to the satellite and those with a receiver dongle can receive the information and decipher it. This information will include the “health” of the satellite as well as an inspirational message to students encouraging them to pursue their dreams in STEM related fields.