NanoRacks is involved with the amateur radio F-1 CubeSat due to be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) in September. This video shows NanoRacks CEO Jeff Manber at a TEDx presentation at the International Space University.
Space Safety Magazine reports that in recent years it has become both easier and more conceivable for students and amateurs to run experiments in space. Non-governmental space organizations are on the rise, DIY spaceflight is all the rage, and it seems the web is full of videos filmed from atop weather balloons launching someone’s favorite figurine into the stratosphere. A recent project even allows consumers to use purchase points from American Express towards funding student experiments aboard the International Space Station.
The magazine article focuses on NanoSatisfi who launched a Kickstarter initiative on June 15 for an open source CubeSat called ArduSat (although naming rights are available in return for a $10,000 donation).
NanoSatisfi was founded by Austrian-born Peter Platzer a former high-energy physicist (CERN), former Hedge Fund Quantitative Trader, avid HP-41 hacker and Arduino enthusiast, along with Belgian aerospace engineer Jeroen Cappaert intern at NASA Ames Research Center, Canadian aerospace engineer Joel Spark intern at EADS Astrium and Hungarian Reka Kovacs intern at NASA Ames Research Center working on alternative methods of public outreach for space science. The four founders met at the International Space University in Strasbourg and thought that they could do something to provide affordable, open-source space exploration for everyone.
Read the full Space Safety Magazine article Open Source Cubesat Next Phase in DIY Space Access
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ArduSat Arduino CubeSat Update http://www.uk.amsat.org/8284
UK space students graduate from International Space University
6 UK graduates have just had their first taste of working in the space sector with the successful completion of the International Space University’s two-month Space Studies Programme (SSP).
With funding assistance from the UK Space Agency’s ISU Scholarship scheme, they were exposed to a wide range of disciplines related to space programmes and enterprises.
An additional grant winner has just started a 1 year MSc at the ISU and one of the students from the two month SSP will be joining him. This years SSP was held at the Graz University of Technology in Austria.
The ISU provides graduate-level training to the future leaders of the emerging global space community. In its two-month Space Studies Programme and one-year Masters Programme, ISU offers its students a unique core curriculum including study areas such as space science, space engineering, systems engineering, space policy and law, business and management, and space and society. Both courses also involve an intense student research team project providing international graduate students and young space professionals with the opportunity to solve complex problems by working together in an intercultural environment. Continue reading