10-centimeter Cubic Satellite Keeps Tweeting From The Space

Nakasuga Lab., the University of Tokyo, introduced a bot account tweeting the real-time state of a satellite which is located in the earth low orbit.   The tweet(@XI-V) keeps us update with parameters like the satellite’s surface temperature, battery voltage and where it is located over of the planet and also shows us still images shooting the planet from the satellite in the space.

XI-V (pronounced as “Sai-Five”) is an ultra-mini sized 10-centimeter (approx four inches) cubic satellite.   It was developed by students of the university’s graduate school for studying the intelligent space systems and launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome[R], Russia in 2005.


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Masaru IKEDA has co-founded several system integration companies and consulting firms in Tokyo. He has been contributing serial columns to nationwide newspapers and IT periodicals, also he's currently serving as tech consultant for several web companies. His biography is here. His private blog is here.