Daily Mail Newspaper: PocketQube Satellites

Wren - Image credit Stadoko

Wren – Image credit Stadoko

The UK newspaper the Daily Mail reports on a Glasgow-based start-up Alba Orbital which has recently begun creating and selling the building blocks for tiny satellites named ‘PocketQubes’

Read the story at
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2454251/Rise-DIY-satellite-Company-launches-initiative-allowing-ANYONE-send-probe-space—itll-cost-12-000.html

PocketQube Shop on Kickstarter
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pocketqube/want-to-build-a-satellite-but-dont-have-a-nasa-siz

Twitter @pocketqubeshop

UK PocketQube Shop on Kickstarter https://amsat-uk.org/2013/10/01/uk-pocketqube-shop-on-kickstarter/

The Guardian newspaper: Glasgow start-up enters the space race with tiny, cheap satellite
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/scotland-blog/2013/oct/15/scotland-space-satellites

UK PocketQube Shop on Kickstarter

Wren - Image credit Stadoko

Wren – Image credit Stadoko

PocketQube Shop is a small startup based in Glasgow that has just launched a Kickstarter project. They believe small satellites are on the cusp of a major breakthrough much the like personal computers were in the late 70’s/early 80’s.

PocketQube Shop say they wish to facilitate as many PocketQube builders as possible and see huge potential in lowering the barriers to entry for budding ‘Homebrew Satellite Builders’.

PocketQube massively lowers the barriers to entry for small satellite teams. Despite the small size of CubeSats, 10x10x10 cm, they can still cost up to $100,000 to launch. PocketQubes are just 5x5x5 cm and may be launched for a significantly lower price, under $20,000.

PocketQube Shop will not be offering to provide any launch facility but they have teamed up with an Italian company called GAUSS which has brokered launch opportunities with a Russian rocket called Dnepr, operated by ISC Kosmotras.

Several satellites built to the PocketQube standard will be launched in November. These include Wren, which has a camera and pulsed plasma thrusters; Morehead State University’s BeakerSat; the University of Maryland’s QubeScout-S1 and the 50DollarSat.

PocketQube Shop on Kickstarter
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pocketqube/want-to-build-a-satellite-but-dont-have-a-nasa-siz

Wired article on PocketQube Shop
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-09/23/pocketqube

Twitter @pocketqubeshop

Successful Dnepr launch from Yasny – amateur radio satellite launch to follow

Dnepr_rocket_lift-off

A DNEPR Lift-Off

On Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 14:39 UT Korea’s satellite KOMPSAT-5 launched on a Dnepr from Dombarovsky near Yasny. This marked the first flight of the Dnepr launcher since August 2011.

This successful Dnepr launch should clear the way for the launch in November of another Dnepr from Yasny believed to be carrying up to 23 satellites from 13 nations.

Most of the satellites will carry amateur radio payloads and it should be the largest single deployment of amateur radio satellites since the ill-fated Dnepr launch of July 26, 2006. http://www.southgatearc.org/news/july2006/dnepr_failure.htm

The launch had originally been planned for September 2012 but was postponed while the future of the Dnepr launch program was discussed.

ZACUBE-1 ready to be shipped to the Netherlands and from there to Yasny

ZACUBE-1 ready to be shipped to the Netherlands and from there to Yasny

Among the satellites carrying payloads operating in amateur radio bands that may be on the November launch are:
UniSat-5 microsat which will deploy Eagle-1, Eagle-2, QB-Scout, Wren and PUCP-SAT-1 which it turn should release a further satellite Pocket-PUCP
Delfi-n3Xt
• Triton-1
• Triton-2
• GOMX-1
FUNcube-1
• UWE-3
CubeBug-2
• BRITE-PL1
• Humsat-D
CPUT ZAcube-1
• HinCube
• BeakerSat
NEE-02 KRYSAOR (980 MHz)

Italian Microsat to Deploy Amateur Radio Satellites

UniSat-5 with labelsThe Italian microsat UniSat-5 will itself deploy a number of additional amateur radio satellites. Among them should be the CubeSats PUCP-SAT-1, HumSat-D, Icube-1, Dove-4 (Planet Labs Inc. non-amateur) and PocketQubes Wren, Eagle-1 (BeakerSat), Eagle-2 ($50Sat), QB-Scout1. PUCP-SAT-1 intends to subsequently release a further satellite Pocket-PUCP.

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