The largest event in the Small Satellite industry calendar is the ‘SmallSat Conference’ in Logan Utah, where over 1400 delegates attended and the attendee list is the who’s who of the space industry. Keynote speaker was Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson or DFJ, a famous Silicon Valley venture capitalist.
We unfortunately were unable to attend this year, but there was some PocketQube interest by the way of academic published on different technologies. We have highlight them below:
Right-sizing Small Satellites David Barnhart, United States Air Force Academy, Martin Sweeting, University of Surrey
The ‘Right-sizing Small Satellites’ by David Barnhart and Martin Sweeting covers the utility of different classes of satellite by creating a value called ScU, which in their opinion would be the Theoretically Perfect Satellite. Representing the PocketQubes, $50Sat has been featured alongside other Femto-sat such as the SpaceChip, MCMSat, PCBSat, and a 1U Cubesat bus from Clyde Space.
$50Sat is a 1.5p PocketQube and competes well, maybe unsurprisingly on price and on mass with the heavier PCBsat, but lacks slightly in the power department. With only 4 solar panels, we are sure this figure is likely to increase in future 1.5p’s and ...