UK Space Experiment Competition
December 17, 2007
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.
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.