Alba Orbital Ltd (PocketQube Shop) a Space Startup based in Glasgow, Scotland, has announced it has won a SMART Award from Scottish Enterprise. The Award represents funding of over $100k (£63k) to develop the first commercially available Electrical Power System (EPS) for PocketQube class Satellites.
PocketQube’s are a new class of satellite which are a low-cost entry point for small budget organisations such as Universities, Amateurs, Space Agencies and High Schools. The first 4 PocketQubes were launched into orbit last year, with many more in development around the world.
The EPS will join a growing list of Commercial Off the Shelf or COTS parts available for the PocketQube form factor and help widen participation and access to space. PocketQube Shop’s current product range includes structures, Transceivers, mechanical and electrical ground support equipment.
The Power System will be designed to the PQ60 electronics standard, which is a community led standard to allow interoperability of different subsystems. It will take input power from the Solar Panels and transfer/store power for the main satellite bus, ensuring the spacecraft has continuous power on-orbit.
Tom Walkinshaw Founder/CEO of Alba Orbital Ltd (PocketQube Shop) said:
“We are very honoured to receive this SMART award which ...