How to build a satellite, what’s next for Roscosmos and China’s new space camera

Gpod_web02So you want to build a satellite?

[INCO] gave this extremely informative talk on building a CubeSat. CubeSats are small satellites that piggyback on the launches of larger satellites, and although getting a 10 cm3 brick into orbit is cheap, making it functional takes an amazing attention to detail and redundant design.

[INCO] somehow talks through the entire hour-long presentation at a tremendous speed, all the while remaining intelligible. At the end of the talk, you’ve got a good appreciation for the myriad pitfalls that go along with designing a satellite, and a lot of this material is relevant, although often in a simpler form, for high altitude balloon experiments.

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Russia dissolves its federal space agency, what now?

The Federal Space Agency is now merging with URSC to create the Roscosmos State Corporation. Igor Komarov, the former CEO of URSC and the current chief of Roscosmos, will lead this new entity.

The Roscosmos State Corporation will seek solutions to minimize spending on launches to compete with commercial launch providers such as SpaceX, United Launch Alliance, and Arianespace. Rogozin believes that such solutions can be found. Cheaper launches could help Roscosmos to attract more commercial customers, currently choosing other companies to send their payloads to orbit.

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China’s powerful new space camera for ‘civilian use’ launched into high orbit

dff9e37a-ae91-11e5-86ff-b7a34a11666b_1280x720China has put a camera into space which it claims could snap a picture of an area the size of Greece at in the clearest resolution of any similar imaging device in high orbit.

The camera was mounted on a satellite launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in western China on Tuesday morning.

China’s space agency said the camera was for civilian use to monitor the earth. It will help with missions such as monitoring the weather and forest fires.

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