Glasgow, Scotland - Alba Orbital Ltd (PocketQube Shop) announced today the addition of the DHV Technology PocketQube Solar Panel product to its online satellite shop. The Solar Panels are the first off the shelf power subsystem to be developed for the new PocketQube Standard.
The PocketQube Solar panels are available in a number of configuration including 1p, 2p and 3p. They leverage flight heritage gained from the Unisat-6 Microsatellite which launched earlier this year using DHV Solar panels. Panels can be tailored to different structures on request.
PocketQubes were first proposed by Prof Twiggs (cubesat co-inventor) in order to tackle the escalating cost of launch for University groups on tight budget. The standardized 5cm cube can be stacked to create larger spacecraft. There are currently 4 PocketQubes in orbit after a successful launch on a Russian Dnepr-1 rocket late last year, with the next launch expected to be mid 2015 on Unisat-7.
PocketQube Shop is the largest vendor of PocketQube hardware and currently sells structures, transceivers and mechanical/electrical ground support equipment. Their Founder/CEO Tom Walkinshaw said:
‘We are really excited to be working with DHV on such an exciting and innovative product for the PocketQube ...