Japanese cubesat to flash Earth with Morse message • The Register

Scan the night sky next month and you may witness a rather unusual phenomenon – an tiny Japanese satellite using LEDs to beam a Morse code message earthwards.

The message will come from FITSAT-1, or Niwaka, a 10cm cubed satellite weighing just 1.3kg and recently released from the from the International Space Station.

Built by the Fukuoka Institute of Technology in southern Japan, the box will beam the Morse code message “Hi this is Niwaka Japan” onto the sky.

Observers will see green dots and dashes in the northern hemisphere, where people will see the “front” of the satellite, and red in the southern hemisphere, where they see the “back”, according to AFP.

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