PocketQube

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PocketQube
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass250g
Dimensions5 × 5 × 5 cm (1p)
 

A PocketQube is a type of miniaturized satellite for space research that usually has a size of 5 cm cubed (one eighth the volume of a CubeSat), has a mass of no more than 250 grams, and typically uses commercial off-the-shelf components for its electronics.

Beginning in 2009,[1] Morehead State University (MSU) and Kentucky Space developed the PocketQube specifications to help universities worldwide to perform space science and exploration. While the bulk of development comes from academia, several companies build PocketQubes, such as Fossa Systems and Alba Orbital.[2] PocketQube projects have even been the subject of Kickstarter campaigns.[3][4] The PocketQube format is also popular with amateur radio satellite builders.[5]

Design[edit]

The PocketQube specification accomplishes several high-level goals. Simplification makes it possible to design and produce a workable satellite at low cost. Encapsulation of the launcher-payload interface takes away the prohibitive amount of managerial work previously required for mating a piggyback satellite with its launcher. Unification among payloads and launchers enables quick exchanges of payloads and utilization of launch opportunities on short notice. PocketQube is similar to CubeSat in this regard.

The standard was first proposed by Professor Bob Twiggs of Morehead State University, and the intention was for a satellite which could fit in a pocket, hence the name PocketQube.

History[edit]

First proposed in 2009 as a solution to the increasing costs of CubeSat launches to low Earth orbit. There have been 11 PocketQubes launched as of mid of 2020.

Workshops[edit]

The first US workshop was held at NASA Ames and at Cape Canaveral in April 2014. There was a three-year gap until the next PocketQube workshop was held at TU Delft in The Netherlands in March 2017. The third workshop took place also at TU Delft in March 2018, with 22 presentations and 70 attendees. This is now an annual event for the PocketQube development community.

Launched[edit]

Listed in ascending order by launch date.

Name Type Organisation Mission Launch Date (UTC) Rocket COSPAR ID Status Broker Decay date Launch

Number

United States Beakersat-1[a] 2.5p Morehead State University, Sonoma State University Teaching Tool 2013-11-21, 07:11 Dnepr 2013-066X No longer in orbit GAUSS Decay: 2019-02-13[6] 1
United States $50Sat (Eagle-2) 1.5p Amateur Group Amateur Mission 2013-11-21, 07:11 Dnepr 2013-066W No longer in orbit GAUSS Decay: 2018-05-18[7]
United States QubeScout-S1 2.5p University of Maryland, Baltimore County Sensor/dynamic attitude experiments 2013-11-21, 07:11 Dnepr 2013-066AD In orbit GAUSS
Germany WREN 1p Stadoko UG Tech demo, Camera SSTV, 3 Axis Reaction Wheel and pp Thrusters 2013-11-21, 07:11 Dnepr 2013-066V In orbit GAUSS
Hungary SMOG-P 1p Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary Measurement of the radio spectrum in the UHF TV band 2019-12-6,

08:18

Electron 2019-084J No longer in orbit Alba Orbital Decay: 2020-09-28[8] 3
Hungary ATL-1 2p Advanced Technology of Laser Test a new thermal isolation material in space 2019-12-6,

08:18

Electron 2019-084G No longer in orbit Alba Orbital Decay: 2020-10-9[9]
Spain FossaSat-1 1p Fossa Systems LoRa Demonstration & Deployable solar panels. 2019-12-6,

08:18

Electron 2019-084F No longer in orbit Alba Orbital Decay: 2020-10-28[10]
United States Noor 1a

(Unicorn-2b)

3p Stara Space Experimental 2019-12-6,

08:18

Electron 2019-084D No longer in orbit Alba Orbital Decay: 2020-12-29[11]
United States Noor 1b

(Unicorn-2c)

3p Stara Space Experimental 2019-12-6,

08:18

Electron 2019-084E No longer in orbit Alba Orbital Decay: 2020-04-07[12]
Germany TRSI 1p ACME AtronOmatic, LLC (MyRadar) Amateur, testing novel receiver 2019-12-6,

08:18

Electron 2019-084H No longer in orbit Alba Orbital Decay: 2020-10-13[13]
List of Suborbital PocketQubes
Name Type Organisation Mission Launch Date (UTC) Rocket Status/Outcome Launch Number
United States TQube 1p Amateur Group Insulation testing and recording of structural dynamics 2019-10-11, 18:37 Neutron Success / Impact 2

In development[edit]

Name Type Organisation Mission Launch Date (UTC) Rocket Broker Status Remarks
OzQube-1[permanent dead link] 1p Picosat Systems Earth Observation TBC TBC TBC In development Team Interview
ArgentinaARDUIQUBE/DIY-1 1p DIYSATELLITE

Argentina

Technology Demonstrator 20 March 2021 Soyuz GAUSS Integrated First Argentine / Latin American Pocketqube

Team Interview

www.diysatellite.com/arduiqube.html

SMOG-1 1p Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary Measurement of the radio spectrum in the UHF TV band 20 March 2021 Soyuz GAUSS Integrated
Discovery 1a 1p Mini-Cubes, LLC Camera / Photo Sat TBC TBC TBC In development Windform XT based PocketQube testing of the shelf components for space use
Unicorn-1 2p Alba Orbital UG Tech Demonstrator Q2 2021 Falcon 9 Alba Orbital Cluster 3 Integrated Satellite Webpage
UoMBSat1 1p University of Malta + University of Birmingham Technology Demonstrator + Ionospheric Sounder TBC TBC TBC In development ASTREA Website @ UoM

SERENE Website @ UoB

Delfi-PQ 3p Delft University of Technology Technology Demonstrator Q2 2021 Falcon 9 Alba Orbital Cluster 3 Integrated Delfi Space; Originally planned to fly on the Vector-R launch vehicle.
Unicorn-2a 3p Alba Orbital UG Technology Demonstrator Q2 2021 Falcon 9 Alba Orbital Cluster 3 Integrated Alba Orbital; Originally planned to fly on the Vector-R launch vehicle.
EASAT-2 1.5p Amsat EA Amateur Mission Q2 2021 Falcon 9 Alba Orbital Cluster 3 Integrated https://web.archive.org/web/20180515183712/https://www.amsat-ea.org/easat-2/
SATLLA-2 2p Ariel University Testing a laser communication link Q2 2021 Falcon 9 Alba Orbital Cluster 3 Integrated
APRS PocketQube 1p National Chiao-Tung University APRS PocketQube for Moving Objects Tracking TBC TBC TBC In development
Sanosat-1 1p AMSAT EA/NEPAL Education February

2021

Falcon 9 Fossa Systems In Development http://www.myrepublica.com/news/21899/
UBO 1p Satellite Applications Catapult Outreach TBC TBC TBC In Development http://buildubo.co.uk/build/
Myansat-1 1p Independent Outreach TBC TBC TBC In Development https://web.archive.org/web/20190115020853/http://myansat.com/
TFTQube 1p The Flame Trench Amateur TBC TBC TBC In Development https://theflametrench.com/flagship/
TBC TBC University of Zacatecas STEM TBC TBC TBC In Development https://www.research"ate.net/project/Design-and-Implementation-of-a-PocketQube-system-for-educative-purposes
Grizu-263A 1p Zonguldak Bülent Ecevit University Education Q2 2021 Falcon 9 Alba Orbital Cluster 3 Integrated https://grizu263.beun.edu.tr/
LibertyQube-1 1p Liberty Life LLc Experimental TBC TBC TBC In Development https://www.libertylife-llc.com/
SatDuino 1p Technical School N° 5 of Mar Del Plata Education TBC TBC TBC In Development https://satduinot5t1.wixsite.com/satduino
GENESIS N/L 2p AMSAT-EA Amateur 15 March 2021 Firefly Alpha PicoBus 1 FOSSA / LIBRESPACE Integrated
QUBIK 1/2 1p Libre Space Foundation Education 15 March 2021 Firefly Alpha PicoBus 1 FOSSA / LIBRESPACE Integrated
FOSSASAT-1B 1P Fossa Systems IoT Comms 15 March 2021 Firefly Alpha PicoBus 1 FOSSA / LIBRESPACE Integrated https://fossa.systems
FOSSASAT-2 2p Fossa Systems IoT Comms / ADCS / EO 15 March 2021 Firefly Alpha PicoBus 1 FOSSA / LIBRESPACE Integrated https://fossa.systems
BYqube-1 1p Brigham Young University Education Feb 2021 TBC TBC In Development
Pycubed-1 1p Stanford University Education TBD Alba Orbital In Development
Hades 1.5p Amsat-ea Q2 2021 Falcon 9 Alba Orbital Cluster 3 Integrated
Trsi-2 1p Acme Q2 2021 Falcon 9 Alba Orbital Cluster 3 Integrated
CMU PocketQube 1p Carnegie Mellon University TBD Alba Orbital In Development
DynOSSAT-EDU 1p BHDynamics TBC TBC TBC In Development
BerretaSat-1 1p Aerozono Space Technologies (Argentina) Earth Observation/ Technology Demonstrator TBC TBC TBC In Development https://aerozono_space.gitlab.io/aerozono-space/
CSHARKPILOT-1 (FOSSASAT-2E) 2p Fossa Systems/CShark LoRa nodes February 2021 Falcon 9 Fossa Systems In

Development

LAIKA (FOSSASAT-2B) 2p Fossa Systems/Porkchop Propulsion February 2021 Falcon 9 Fossa Systems In

Development

Challenger 3p Mini-Cubes Space Development Observation and Communications February 2021 Falcon 9 Fossa Systems In

Development

TRSI-3 1p Acme STV imaging/downlink beacon February 2021 Falcon 9 Fossa Systems In

Development

Canary Hatchling 1p Care Weather Technologies Constellation Pathfinder February 2021 Falcon 9 Fossa Systems In

Development

FOSSASAT-2C 2p Fossa Systems LoRa IoT communications February 2021 Falcon 9 Fossa Systems In

Development

FOSSASAT-2D 2p Fossa Systems LoRa IoT communications February 2021 Falcon 9 Fossa Systems In

Development

FOSSASAT-2F 2p Fossa Systems LoRa IoT communications February 2021 Falcon 9 Fossa Systems In

Development

BeliefSat-1 2p K. J. Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology Educational mission demonstrating PocketQube technologies TBC TBC TBC In Development https://github.com/NewLeapKjsieit/BeliefSat
Unicorn-2D 3p Alba Orbital UG Earth observation Q2 2021 Falcon 9 Alba Orbital Cluster 3 Integrated http://www.albaorbital.com/integration
STECCO 6p School of Aerospace Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome Laser Ranging 20 March 2021 Soyuz GAUSS Integrated

PocketQube vs PocketQub[edit]

The PocketQube standard originally started as PocketQub.[14] This was changed in 2012 by Professor Bob Twiggs of Morehead State University. The standard is now referred to as PocketQube.

Launch[edit]

As of December 2019, the only launch brokers capable of providing launch integration for PocketQube satellites are Fossa Systems, Libre Space Foundation, Alba Orbital and GAUSS Srl.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also known as T-LogoQube, MagPocketQube, Eagle-1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Twiggs, Bob. "Making it small" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  2. ^ Alba Orbital
  3. ^ "Kickstarter". Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Kickstarter, Wired UK". Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  5. ^ "AMSAT UK". Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Technical details for satellite BEAKERSAT 1". N2YO.com - Real Time Satellite Tracking and Predictions. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  7. ^ "SATVIEW - EAGLE 2 - Norad 39436U - Tracking satellites and Spacejunk in Real time". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  8. ^ "SMOG-P - NORAD 44832 - 3D Online Satellite Tracking". www.satflare.com. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  9. ^ "ATL-1 - NORAD 44830".
  10. ^ "FOSSASAT-1 - NORAD 44829 - 3D Online Satellite Tracking".
  11. ^ "NOOR 1A".
  12. ^ "NOOR 1B - NORAD 44828 - 3D Online Satellite Tracking". www.satflare.com. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  13. ^ "TRSI - NORAD 44831 - 3D Online Satellite Tracking".
  14. ^ "Standard". Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2013.

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