PocketQube kits make it easier for amateurs to build their own satellites

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The PocketQube team wants to give even more people access to its relatively affordable 5cm x 5cm x 5cm microsatellites, so it now has ready-to-use kits up for sale on its online store. These kits contain (almost) everything one needs to assemble cube satellites, making it easier for first-timers or hobbyists with no advisers to guide them when building their first structure. Each bundle contains the cube's skeleton, a radio board for communication, a Labsat board that tests electronics included in the setup, and an onboard computer to serve as the central command station. They're available in one-, two- and three-cube configurations for $5,999, $6,149 and $6,299, respectively.

Funnily enough, though, buying each component separately will save people $3 per configuration, as you can see in this list:

  • Alba Orbital Skeletonized structure (1p, 2p or 3p): $499 for 1p configuration, $649 for 2p, $799 for 3p

  • Radiobro MiniSatCom: $2,499

  • Alba Orbital Labsat (Test and Development Board): $1,499

  • Alba Orbital On Board Computer (OBC): $1,499

Bundled them all together just makes it more convenient for universities, hobbyist groups and government agencies to distribute a complete set of components to students and members. Take note that the prices above don't include solar panels needed to power electronics on board, so anyone interested in sending a satellite to space will definitely need more than "just" six grand.