Grant: In-House Development of 1U CubeSat for Stratospheric/Suborbital Flights and Educational Demonstrations

Grant Date: August 2021
Amount: $17,300

CubeSats are small, relatively inexpensive satellites orbiting the earth every 128 minutes at an altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles). Although the barriers to space are lowering with decreasing costs and increasing launch opportunities, getting a CubeSat into orbit is still a multi-year effort costing $50,000 to $100,000 USD. Although an inspirational goal, this is beyond the means of most schools.

Do-It-Yourself Satellite Kits like AmbaSat, TubeSat are emerging as a good option for individuals, tech entrepreneurs, organizations and schools to start their own satellite program. Using simple, home built antennas and inexpensive software defined radios (SDRs) students can receive telemetry from the satellite.

Inspired by TubeSat/CubeSat by the Interorbital Systems, a 1U CubeSat will be developed by Paradox Sonic Space Research Agency in India, which will be launched to the Stratosphere and Suborbital Space in 2022.

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