The Affordable CubeSat Airframe
First things first, this is not a real CubeSat kit; that is,
you can’t launch the finished product into space. For
one thing, the body is plastic and outgases in the
vacuum of space. Second, the bus does not meet the
PC104 standard. Aside from these issues, however, it’s a
pretty decent model that I believe will become an
As CubeSats continue to play a pivotal role in space exploration, it's
important to introduce more schools to their technology. There are CubeSat
teaching kits on the market to meet this need; however, I want to see one
that primary and secondary schools can afford. Besides, I strongly believe
that space and near space make excellent STEM platforms, and a model
CubeSat could tap into middle and high school student’s interests.
Therefore, this month I'll describe a CubeSat kit I'm designing with the
intent of using it in my high school.
■ BY L. PAUL VERHAGE NEAR SPACE
CubeSats — Part 5: Designing a
Model CubeSat for High School Use
70 August 2015
A baseball display is perfectly square
and as a result, it’s difficult to identify which
two sides slide apart.
Sure, my Model CubeSat is not the real thing, but it is close enough for elementary and secondary
classrooms. Real CubeSat image courtesy of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.