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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

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...