UK Space Experiment Competition

December 17, 2007

the view from up there The British National Space Centre (BNSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) are offering UK students, individuals or teams between 14 and 18, the chance to fly a space experiment on a cubesat.

Deadline for initial proposals: 28 February 2008.
Planned launch: Early 2010.
So get your space skates on!

Cubesat (my new word of the day) standard size: 10 x 10 x 10 cm. And these ones will weigh less than 1kg and use at most 1 Watt per orbit average power.

cubesat held in a hand So that’s the size of? Find something that holds 1 litre, or a little under two pints for those of us who still haven’t caught up with metric. Alternatively, the photo gives some idea of scale.

Apparently (as it’s a statement short of a source) 1W is one hundredth of the power used by the human body – makes you wonder what enough cubesats could do together! Although it’s a long way short of the size or capabilities of The Monolith in Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001. (You may have wished him a Happy Birthday yesterday?)

There’s a rather more technical view of cubesats at the CubeSat Community Website, lead by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and Stanford University’s Space Systems Development Lab, for (US) universities and schools.

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2 Responses to “UK Space Experiment Competition”

  1. Peter Manson Says:

    Considering the typical space science program might take years just to reach intial proposal stage, those dealines seem rather unfair. If they are going to offer this chance then it makes sense to provide long enough for good proposals to be made.

  2. infomancie Says:

    This is multi-sourced, fast, innovative, even inexpensive, research. It should generate enthusiasm for these reasons.


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