Satellite Module 001

The Satellite Module 001 is a 10 LED array of five-chip 100mA wide-angle (140 degree) red, green, and blue LEDs. The perceived output power of the red channel is a little less than the blue and green channels, so there are 4 red, 3 blue, and 3 green LEDs. Each LED supplies ~35,000 mcd over a 140 degree viewing angle. Combine with the ShiftBar to create a string of super-bright clusters. These are as bright as 15 ShiftBrites on the blue and green, and 20 ShiftBrites on the red channel!

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  • Praeluceo / about 9 years ago / 1

    How many of these can one ShiftBar power? Obviously they'd all have the same programming, but from a power output standpoint, could one ShiftBar power two-four Satellite Modules?

  • whitnasty / about 10 years ago / 1

    Be very careful hooking this up with the ShiftBar. I e-mailed one of the employees at Macetech, asking how to hook one of these up and he sent me an illustration of how to hook this up. I hooked it up exactly as was described in the e-mail, plugged the 12v wall wart in, all of the LED's on my Arduino Mega lit up and began flashing, and now my board is fried. Won't be hooking this thing up again.

  • Member #229091 / about 10 years ago / 1

    I use the "Satellite Module 001" and "ShiftBars" to make the Installation for this ark performance.

    Thanks for developing these products :))))

  • SomeGen / about 11 years ago / 1

    I got a few of these recently for a film project. So far very impressed. Can't wait to use them properly.

  • NewsparkFunCusty / about 11 years ago / 1

    any illuminated pics? It would be nice to see one all lit up. I'm probably going to buy a few, but it would help push me over the edge into purchase-ville.

  • SomeGuy123 / about 11 years ago * / 1

    Dang it. $17 and I forgot that these don't have built in current limiting resistors. Oh well. :/ One note: the screw terminals are pretty close to the solder points of the LEDs. It's pretty easy to short out wires on the solder points.

    • macetech / about 11 years ago / 1

      Head to and use the contact form to send me your mailing address and which LEDs you killed...I'll mail you some replacements. Desoldering will be fun but is possible if you clip the bad LEDs off first.
      Either screws with small heads or zip ties are preferred for the mounting holes. I vote for zip ties since they're so strong, fast, and nonconductive.

      • SomeGuy123 / about 11 years ago * / 3

        Hey, it's been almost half a year now. I still don't have those LEDs.

      • Mulvane / about 11 years ago / 1

        That, or non-conductive spacers/standoffs and screws work well.

  • wait... theres no uC on this right??

  • ThinkerT / about 12 years ago / 1

    Why satellite?

    • macetech / about 12 years ago / 2

      We were designing these in a rush for Twilight Eclipse, to be used inside the large floating globes in the party scene. They needed to hang out on long wires from the ShiftBars, so we quickly grabbed "Satellite" as a semi-descriptive name and it stuck. The "001" is because we will have other types of LED arrays available soon.

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