** The Community Satellite Project aims to crowd-develop CubeSats
The Community Satellite Project is an online group of international space professionals and students, collaborating to launch BATSAT, a crowd-developed cubesat. The group was initially founded in early November 2019 via r/space, following a reputable space company’s offer of a free launch.
Our goals are not only to develop and use BATSAT to conduct cutting edge aerospace research, but to facilitate mentorship between space experts and students.
We are currently in the recruiting and mission defining stages of this process.
If you are interested in becoming part of the team, please get in touch via our Join Us page.
This article profiles one of the project’s founders and describes their plans: Southland teenager on mission to build satellite | Stuff.co.nz
More than 740 people have joined the online group, including aerospace engineers, avionics and payload experts, cloud engineers, satellite ground station engineers and university students from all over the world.
Of this, 260 supporters with specialist skills have been assigned to various teams to confirm the parameters of the project, with regular conversations held using an online meeting app.
The collective decision is to build two small satellites, each about the size of a Rubik’s Cube, to test a theory about whether electro-magnetic tether straps can be used to de-orbit a satellite once it has come to the end of its life.
More about the project:
- TheCommunitySat – reddit.com
- The Community Satellite Project (@TheCommunitySat) | Twitter
- Blog Feed – BATSAT
** Freeport, New York high school team building CubeSat funded with NASA grant: Freeport High School prepares for liftoff | Herald Community Newspapers – www.liherald.com
The students have broken their project into phases, and are now in the construction phase. Once Strong and Johnson finish building the satellite, they will conduct environmental tests to expose it to vibration, vacuum and temperature conditions closely identical to space.
Then the students will work with NASA to prepare to launch it into space. After the launch, the seniors will perform satellite operations and conduct space experiments. Once the space mission is complete, the nanosatellite will fall to Earth, possibly burning up in the atmosphere.
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