What is a Nano-satellite?

Nano-satellites are revolutionising access to space. Where satellites once were the size of cars and cost hundreds of millions to put in space they now fit in the palm of your hand and cost only tens of thousands to get in space.


Low Cost Satellites accessible to the amateur

Nanosats are constructed from Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) hardware. There are great vendors like cubsat kits who have 1U, 2U and 3U chassis and have complete motherboard and subsystems that can be assembled into a functioning cubesat. Some projects use the feisty Arduino to power very modest electronics to manage simple experiments. The platform is very accessible, and open to anybody who has done some basic electronics.

The business of nanosats

There is an emerging supply chain supporting the development of nanosat projects. A number of standards exist and each of these are supported by different vendors. Tubesat for example is supported by interorbital. Interorbital have a standard physical standard for the satellite, but also have a full service offering that will put your tubesat into orbit for $4,000-$20,000 USD. There is a number of books on the subject and a number of universities teach courses that use nanosats as a teaching aid.

What about you?

Where do you fit in? an amatuer wanting to build one for yourself? Do you run a team in a university?

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