Posts tagged as CubeSat

Building a CubeSat remains a challenge

  Building a CubeSat remains a challenge whether it would be by buying a complete CubeSat kit from any of the online CubeSat shops and adding your payload or building a CubeSat from scratch. A group of radio amateurs, part of AMSAT SA, decided some years ago to design, develop and build a CubeSat from scratch. […]

Building a satellite takes amateur radio to the next level

  It is often heard that in our days of modern technology there is no room for amateur radio. Smartphones and the internet can deliver it all. Many smartphones include better and faster processors than most computers and laptops but with all that we still need some sophisticated hardware. Cell phones do not make good […]

Young SA women tackle STEM with satellites

  Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are today considered the area where most education systems make little impact. And yet STEM is one of the most important building blocks for young people to get into the mainstream of the economy. It is predicted that 80% of jobs require a STEM background; and only 10% […]

SA AMSAT CubeSat project on track

  SA AMSAT has successfully completed the first prototype of the various elements of its CubeSat project, named Kletskous. The CubeSat is being designed and built by radio amateurs and will ultimately include a 20 kHz linear transponder, extensive telemetry and command systems and selected school science projects. Kletskous measures 10 x 10x 10 cm […]

Student helps to reduce mass of CubeSat’s space frame

  Over the past few years CubeSats have been a popular vehicle for taking payloads into space. The concept has not bypassed radio amateurs who were amongst the first to explore a more cost effective way of getting a payload into space. CubeSats are launched in batches which greatly reduces the launch cost and makes […]

With industry support amateur radio can make engineering cool

  It is unlikely to be a coincidence that worldwide, the countries that have large electronics industries also have the largest number of  amateur radio “hams”; for example the USA, Korea and Japan. Amateur radio is the oldest scientific hobby in the world. It started with the invention of, as it was called in the […]