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Discovery is Grounded

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

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...

Cleanroom Installed

It has taken a bit longer than planned but we now have a class 10,000 cleanroom for assembling our PocketQube satellites. The basis of the room is a four foot by four foot hydroponic growing container. It is made out of very thick mylar walls. We added a DIY air...