Want to build your own satellite and launch it into space? It's
easier than you may think. The first in a series of four books,
this do-it-yourself guide shows you the essential steps needed to
design a base picosatellite platform--complete with a solar-powered
computer-controlled assembly--tough enough to withstand a rocket
launch and survive in orbit for three months.
Whether you want to conduct scientific experiments, run
engineering tests, or present an orbital art project, you'll select
basic components such as an antenna, radio transmitter, solar
cells, battery, power bus, processor, sensors, and an extremely
small picosatellite chassis. This entertaining series takes you
through the entire process--from planning to launch.Prototype and
fabricate printed circuit boards to handle your payloadChoose a
prefab satellite kit, complete with solar cells, power system, and
on-board computerCalculate your power budget--how much you need vs.
what the solar cells collectSelect between the Arduino or BasicX-24
onboard processors, and determine how to use the radio transmitter
and sensorsLearn your launch options, including the providers and
cost requiredUse milestones to keep your project schedule in
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