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Managing Water Resources from Space with Micro-Satellites

Not that long ago it was widely assumed that if we're not talking about Earth, then we're not talking about water. Earth is awash in water. The stuff covers over 70% of its surface. Most of this is salty ocean water. A much smaller percentage is fresh water, the kind...

Mini-Cubes to Demonstrate Cybersecurity with Smallsat

Scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in December 2021, a Mini-Cubes PocketQube satellite will serve as proof of concept for the prevention of “man-in-the-middle” data hacks. Data breaches cost millions of dollars every year. IBM’s annual Data Breach Report...

Building an Earth-Friendly Satellite

Imagine a snow globe in your hands after you’ve shaken it. That’s a good way to picture the debris field around Earth, where millions of objects both large and miniscule—from dead satellites to paint and exhaust particles—swirl in geosynchronous and low Earth orbit....

Building Out Solar Panels

Recently we started building out our solar panels for the Serenity CubeSat, a project we have been working on with Teachers in Space. The process we used to build them is featured the two videos below. There were problems but we have figured them out and are moving...

A New Launch Company Is In The Works

Today, I found out that Bob Cringely has been working on a space startup that will launch CubeSats to orbit using a rapid turnaround method. The details (as such) can be found at his web site, cringely.com. If you need to get a 12 pound CubeSat to space and do it...

Tracking Your Items In Space

In November 2019 we successfully launched the data package that was destined for the Discovery satellite. Alba Orbital was kind enough to carry the chip in their hardware for Mini-Cubes. The neat thing is that you can track the flight of the photos, images, drawings,...

Discovery is Grounded

Time for one of those good news/bad news posts. The bad news is that Discovery PocketQube is not going on the RocketLab flight as planned. The good news is that all of the images, books, videos, etc are still flying. So what happened? In a nutshell, the paperwork...

First Vacuum Chamber Tests

We have finally installed a vacuum chamber that can drop the pressure to 2,500 mTorr (we can go to 500 mTorr) if we need it. That pressure is pretty close to what Discovery will experience in space. I ran the first test with the Engineering model for over six hours....

3rd PocketQube Workshop in Glasgow, Scotland

Today, I will be going wheels up bound for Glosgow, Scotland. The 3rd PocketQube workshop is starting on Thursday and I am planning to give a talk on the progress we have had here. A few more milestones, some testing and then we integrate into the AlbaPod bound for...

Cleanroom Operational

It took a couple of modifications but the cleanroom has achieved operational status. In order to qualify, we need to have less than 352,000 particles larger than 0.5 microns. We also must have less than 2,930 particles larger than 5 microns. Those numbers are per...

To Boldly Go Where No Hobbyist Has Gone Before…

At one time, exploring space was the sole province of science fiction, the government, and the extremely wealthy.

But times have changed.

The PocketQube is OUR chance to reach space. More and more world-class science is being performed using satellites that can fit in your hand, and they can be built by people like us: the passionate, the curious, and the adventurous.

PocketQubes are the latest development in the SmallSat arena. At only 5 cm, these tiny machines are reaching far beyond what we’ve dreamed of in the past to deliver us into space with the tools, materials, and resources we have at at our disposal TODAY.

Our Mission

Mini-Cubes, LLC was started to help foster the development of PocketQubes into inexpensive yet robust systems that just about anyone could afford to build and launch.

With the PocketQube, the applications are numerous. They can be used to monitor Earth’s natural resources like timber use, farming, and water utilization.

Water utilization is of particular interest and import to Mini-Cubes. Clean water is essential to all life on this planet and with better monitoring, we could help mitigate water shortages, develop disaster plans in real time, and provide planning for water-restricted areas.

By going into space, we can work towards saving our planet. That’s what drives our development of the PocketQube and our passion for putting that power into the hands of the public.

To me, space is the next great frontier. Instead of looking at it as an impossible challenge, I see it as the source for saving Earth. Joe Latrell, CEO of Mini-Cubes, LLC