how to launch your own satellite
Want your own territory in the Earth’s orbit? Cubesats are cheap-to-build micro satellites made easily from off-the-shelf components.
Based on blueprints published by Stanford University and California Polytechnic, each has a standardised launch system and can be sent to space for less than $10,000. There are now 100 orbiting the planet, doing everything from testing propulsion systems to taking moody snaps.
To launch one yourself, pick up a starter kit from Pumpkininc.com, which includes a basic frame, motherboard and essential electronics. You will need to add a power source – a battery or solar panels can work – plus a radio antenna so you can talk to it once it’s up, up and away.
Then all that’s left is to get it into space. For that, you’ll need to convince a company or government space agency to let you piggyback on a rocket. Easier said than done, but no one ever said space exploration was simple.