This last week my company sent me to do some hob-nobbing and research work at Space Dynamics Laboratory’s Small Satellite (SmallSat) conference for 2016. It’s an annual event the company hosts, going on thirty years now. For those who don’t know what a small satellite is, there are a few different definitions, but let’s just […]Read More SmallSat 2016
Sometime in the past few days, new objects showed up in the satellite tracking database published by Space-Track.org. This is nothing new. Space-Track.org is supposed to do this every day. It’s their job: tracking and identifying objects orbiting the Earth, primarily for the United States Department of Defense, and as an ancillary service to the […]Read More Deployment Diversity
These two DIY projects are straight from the DIY Space Exploration website. One project tells you how to build a picosat, the other tells you how to track it. You can read each one in whatever order you fancy, but if you intend to actually accomplish each project, then you should probably build your picosat before attempting to […]Read More DIY Space: Two-fer–Build Your Own Satellite and Track It
My post will be short, but it does tie in with yesterday’s post, so go read that and see if you agree. But The Economist posted this article today, and it might be worth a read. Reading the article, it’s obvious the writer is bullish about the future of small satellites. The writer suggests, basing the […]Read More Are Current US Regs Smothering the SmallSat Market?
Nope, you aren’t seeing things. There’s some German in the title there. The phrase essentially means small but mighty (like my wife). And the phrase describes, in a nutshell, the explosive growth and growing capabilities of these miniature mighty man-made moons. Nature.com has a fairly good write-up about the history and current state of Cubesats. It’s exciting […]Read More Smallsats, Cubesats, and Chipsats: Klein, Aber Oho!