Orbiting the Earth: RobavoSat Mission 0

06 Jan 2022 • Written by ovabor

AmbaSat

RobavoSat Mission 0: A Hobbyist's Journey to Low Earth Orbit and Aerospace Engineering

Introduction

The development of small satellites has made space exploration more accessible than ever before. With the use of commercial off-the-shelf satellite development kits, I was able to assemble and program a tiny spacecraft[1] that would be launched into low Earth orbit in the summer of 2022. The spacecraft, named AmbaSat, is just 35 mm square and a few millimetres thick. It is loaded with solar cells, a radio, a gyroscope, an accelerometer and magnetometer sensor. The payload on AmbaSat is a 4-in-1 multi-functional MEMS environmental sensor which integrates VOC (Volatile Organic compounds) sensor, temperature sensor, humidity sensor and barometer.

This project was possible due to the advancements in technology that have been made in recent years. Small satellites like AmbaSat offer an affordable way for people to conduct research or experiments in space without having to spend millions of dollars on larger satellites or rockets. Additionally, advancements in miniaturization have allowed for more sophisticated sensors to be included on smaller spacecraft like AmbaSat. This opens up new possibilities for research projects that can be conducted using very small budgets.

I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience spaceflight regardless of their budget constraints. By launching tiny spacecraft like AmbaSat into low Earth orbit, we can make space exploration more accessible than ever before while also conducting important research projects at minimal cost.

Note:

[1] A femtosatellite is a very small satellite, typically weighing 0.001-0.01 kg. Femtosatellites are used for research and development purposes, as well as for demonstration of new technology. Cubesats are standardized 10 cm × 10 cm × 10 cm satellites that were originally developed for university students to build and operate. They have since been adopted by commercial entities and governments alike as a low-cost way to conduct space research. Both femtosatellites and Cubesats can be assembled from commercially available parts, which makes them an ideal platform for hands-on training in small satellite development. In addition to teaching the basics of spacecraft design and operation, assembling and programming a tiny spacecraft also provides experience in working with microcontrollers, sensors, communication systems, etc., all of which are essential skills for anyone planning a career in space engineering or related fields.


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Achievement


Code

$ Hello,
$ space is for everyone.

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Blockquote

“If this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred. The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space.” -John F. Kennedy


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