Open Standards mean that everyone can get involved. Want to improve the Cubesat design or make a better 3D printed rocket engine? You don’t need to ask permission or pay someone to get started.
Stephen Murphey is a DIY Space Technology Evangelist researching how the Open Source and Maker Movement will revolutionize the space industry. The Open Innovation Program has invited him to share his insights on open standards and their role in the aerospace industry leading up to him sharing more during the International Space Apps Challenge.
Open Standards available for everyone to use in the space industry are the best way to reduce costs, improve safety and keeping making ground breaking innovations. One of the best known successes in “Open Standards for Space” are cubesats, those tiny little spacecraft built on a common platform that have become a favorite among the DIY Space community.
Making spacecraft Cheaper and Easier to Build
I’ll be the first to admit that Cubesats aren’t perfect. They’re tiny, limited in the kinds of missions they can perform (functions are improving every day though) and getting a ride to orbit is still prohibitively expensive and difficult. But they are an order of magnitude ...