LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2014) — Kentucky Space LLC, an independent nonprofit company focused on entrepreneurial space solutions, has announced the launch of a series of workshops to design and deploy the next generation of micro-satellites, exploring the range of possible uses and applications for the novel PocketQub class satellites.
With the successful November 2013 launch and orbital insertion of several PocketQub-class satellites by Kentucky Space and other partners, this timely PocketQub 1.0 series of workshops will bring together spacecraft designers, innovators, makers, entrepreneurs and educators to discuss the PocketQub standard, its design and development, On-Orbit Ops and launch options, as well as explore the range of possible uses and applications for these novel spacecraft.
Workshops will be held in two locations: April 16-17 at NASA Ames in Mountain View, Calif., and May 13-14 in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
“CubeSats have fundamentally reshaped our thinking and imagination about what’s possible in space,” said Kris Kimel, founder of Kentucky Space. “Now the design of an even smaller platform, the PocketQub (PQ) class satellite, measuring 5cm x 5cm x 15cm and weighing just under one pound, further demonstrates the power and potential of new micro technologies in space, and at a cost less than you might pay for a top of the line bicycle.” The PocketQub class satellite, invented by Bob Twiggs (also the co-developer of the CubeSat), is envisioned to have a wide range of possible applications, including: space network nodes, sensor platforms, inexpensive test-beds and novel satellite constellations that are inexpensive, redundant and spatially organized.
For more information, visit kentuckyspace.com.