Death Star in Space
Lets launch a miniature Death Star into space to celebrate Star Wars: Episode IX
Author: Blaze Sanders Email: email@example.com Twitter: @BlazeDSanders
This Git repo is broken down into the following two folders / directories (PYTHON_Code, SPIN_Code). The PYTHON_Code directory holds prototype code used to test the system on the ground using a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ (https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-3-model-b-plus/). The SPIN_Code directory holds the flight code that will be running on a Parallax Propeller 1 microcontroller (https://www.parallax.com/product/32810) while the Death Star rides a rocket into space!
After downloading our full GitHub repo you can run code in SPIN_Code directory by completing the following steps:
- Download and open the Parallax Propeller Tool / IDE (link above).
- Select menu item: File > Open (Ctrl+O) the DeathStarDriver.SPIN file
- Select menu item: Project > Write (F11) to programm EEPROM and start Death Star software running.
For faster testing after inital EEPROM write you can use Project > Run (F10) to program volatile RAM.
After downloading our full GitHub repo you can run code in PYTHON_Code directory by completing the following steps:
- Open a terminal and navigate to the PYTHON_Code using the "cd" command.
- Run the command "python DeathStarDriver.py" to start Death Star software running.
- Enter ternimal input as prompted to test individual subsystems.
We will be launching a $18,420 Kickstarter campaign April 11, 2019 at 9:32 am PT to raise funding for the flight hardware.
- Technical Website - www.deathstarinspace.com/engineering
- Planning Google Doc - https://goo.gl/VPZJBm
- Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/solx/1015904087?ref=781870&token=65794c12
FUTURE WORK - Send Death Star in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) or flyby of the Moon and transmit names and photos to distance stars via lasers.