Friday, October 29, 2010

TubeSat Personal Satellite Kit

A TubeSat is designed to function as a Basic Satellite Bus or as a simple stand-alone satellite. Each TubeSat kit includes the satellite's structural components, printed circuit board (PCB) Gerber Files, electronic components, solar cells, batteries,  transceiver, antennas, microcomputer, and the required programming tools. With these components alone, the builder can construct a satellite that puts out enough power to be picked up on the ground by a hand-held amateur radio receiver. Simple applications include broadcasting a repeating message from orbit or programming the satellite to function as a private orbital amateur radio relay station. These are just two examples. The TubeSat also allows the builder to add his or her own experiment or function to the basic TubeSat Kit. Examples of add-on experiments or applications include the following:
          ▼ Earth-from-space video imaging
Earth magnetic field measurement
 Satellite orientation detection (horizon sensor, gyros, accelerometers, etc.)
          ▼ Orbital environment measurements (temperature, pressure, radiation, etc.)
On-orbit hardware and software component testing (microprocessors, etc.)
Tracking migratory animals from orbit
 Testing satellite stabilization methods
 Biological experiments
 On-orbit advertising
          ▼ Private e-mail
          ▼ Space art
          ▼ Space burials

Total Price of the TubeSat Kit including a Launch to Orbit: $8,000!

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