The arrival of what is known as “New Space” has led to a significant shift in the space industry over the last decade. This new approach to satellite deployment employs electronic miniaturization to make smaller, more capable spacecraft available in greater numbers and at lower cost. At the same time, there has been a surge in potential applications for both space data and space services, including satellite communications and earth observations. New Space technology is particularly well-suited to meet these demands, since it can be brought to market far faster than more traditional spacecraft.
CubeSats are gaining popularity as a result of well-defined standards that reduce development costs and hassle. California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and Stanford University created the CubeSat standard, which was originally intended for scientific exploration and new space technologies. CubeSats are used in commercial projects as well as new space technologies exploration and lab experiments. They are among the least costly and quickest ways to demonstrate space technologies.
Building CubeSat is Fast
A CubeSat can be developed and launched in as little as nine months, thanks to its speedy development cycle. An 18- to 24-month period is typically required to finish a typical satellite, which is considerably faster than a traditional method. CubeSats are built using off-the-shelf components for electronics and subsystems, one of the core mission principles. This enables CubeSats to create reliable spacecraft at a low expense and in a short time period.
On-demand spacecraft combat software is also available for CubeSat development. Flight software, like other subsystems, can be made readily available early in the development process to allow for rigorous testing and a successful integration. The CubeSat kit from the KSF Space Foundation is both simple to use and highly capable. It includes everything you need to build a functional CubeSat, including a flight computer, power systems, and communication systems. What’s more, you can add your own sensors and other components to your CubeSat to meet your specific needs with this kit’s highly versatile design.
According to Dr. Kayyali, the newly launched CubeSat kit will help schools and universities build their space projects more quickly and inexpensively without the need for secure funding. An off-the-shelf spacecraft flight board is a good example of a pre-validated and customizable pre-built package that can be used to develop mission software for our CubeSat kit.
How to Build Your Custom CubeSat
The CubeSat‘s current worldwide expansion is not the only thing that is true. As of now, lower prices and faster space mission development are both good things, but one thing is for sure: the danger of failure is higher. The CubeSat must function flawlessly in orbit as there is no physical access to it to address any potential problems. It is critical to create sturdy components and demanding testing that can improve reliability.
Developers can keep costs under control at fixed prices by using standard kits and reducing the need for specialized skills and resources. The standardization and widespread use of off-the-shelf kits together with the reduction in the need for specialized skills and resources is also good for software development.
Understand Your Competition
There are currently over 2500 CubeSats scheduled for launch over the next six years, and over 1553 of them have already been dispatched! It’s difficult for new space missions to succeed in a competitive market like this. Dr Mohamed Kayyali, chairman of KSF Space, said, “It is crucial for space missions to make significant progress and have an impact.” We at the KSF Space Foundation constantly seek new ways to enhance our spacecraft engineering expertise through our CubeSat Kit, which provides a unique and novel procedure for CubeSat program development and administration.