Have you every heard of a CubeSat? Did you know Cubesats are making access to space another part of the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) movement?
Catylator is teaming with SilverSat.org, a Silver Spring, MD, non-profit, to immerse Silver Spring youth in real-world engineering by taking on a timely and difficult engineering challenge: to design, build, launch and operate a satellite in Earth orbit.
What is a CubeSat?
CubeSats are classed as nanosatellites, but don’t let the small size fool you, you can cram a lot of valuable and meaningful missions into the 10cm x 10cm x 10cm frame. Many universities have built and launched CubeSats as student projects. Recently, two high schools hosted CubeSat projects, one of which launched in 2013 from Wallops Island, near Assateague, MD. In fact as of January 2017 there have been over 500 cubesat launches and 213 nanosatellites are operational in orbit.
What can you do with a CubeSat? As the size and cost of electronics packages shrink, the types of missions Cubesats can perform may surprise you and they’re becoming the satellite of choice for anyone looking for a low cost quick response option. The infographic below details some aspects about them…