"Planet Earth has entered the age of the Personal Satellite with the introduction of Interorbital's TubeSat Personal Satellite (PS) Kit. The new IOS TubeSat PS Kit is the low-cost alternative to the CubeSat. It has three-quarters of the mass (0.75-kg or 1.65-lb) and volume of a CubeSat, but still offers plenty of room for most experiments or applications. And, best of all, the price of the TubeSat kit includes the price of a launch into Low-Earth-Orbit on an IOS NEPTUNE 45 (N45) launch vehicle. Since the TubeSats are placed into self-decaying orbits 310 kilometers (192 miles) above the Earth's surface, they do not contribute to the long-term build-up of orbital debris. After operating for a few months (the exact length of time on orbit is dependent on solar activity), they will safely re-enter the atmosphere and burn-up. TubeSats are designed to be orbit-friendly. Launches are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2011."
Interorbital Systems’ TubeSat pico-satellite kit can be assembled into a low-cost satellite bus or a fully functioning satellite. The price of the TubeSat kit includes a guaranteed launch into low-Earth orbit on Interorbital’s NEPTUNE 45 (N45) rocket. Launches are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2011.
▼ Earth-from-space video imaging
▼ Earth magnetic field measurement
▼ Satellite orientation detection (horizon sensor, gyros, accelerometers, etc.)
▼ Amateur radio relay
▼ Orbital environment measurements (temperature, pressure, radiation, etc.)
▼ On-orbit hardware and software component testing (microprocessors, etc.)
▼ Tracking migratory animals from orbit
▼ Testing satellite stabilization methods
▼ Biological experimentation
▼ Automatic simple, repeating “message from orbit” transmission
▼ Private e-mail
The builder can add any type of electronics or software application he or she wishes as long as it satisfies the volume and mass restrictions. These restrictions provide a unique intellectual challenge for the application designer.
▼ Printed Circuit Board Gerber Files
▼ A Transceiver
▼ Solar Cells
▼ A Power Management Control System (PMCS)
▼ Power switch
▼ Complete Instructions
TubeSats are also available as Double TubeSats or Triple TubeSats. The length, volume, and mass of these expanded TubeSats are based on the multiplying factor.
TubeSat Shell: OD = 8.94 cm (3.52 in), ID= 8.56 cm (3.37 in), Length = 12.7 cm (5.0 in)
TubeSat Bearing to Bearing Length: 13.72 cm (5.4 in)
Deployment Cylinder: OD = 10.20 cm (4.00 in) ID = 9.91 cm (3.90 in)
The gap between the outside of the TubeSat and the inside of the Deployment Unit is 0.49 cm (0.19 in). This gap can be utilized for solar cells, antennas, or other hardware.
Mass (max): 0.75 kg
Mass Application with basic bus components (max): 0.25 kg
Mass of hardware: 0.50 kg
Experiment or Function Space: OD = 8.94 cm (3.52 in) Length = approx. 5.0 cm (2 in)
Amateur Radio Band: Frequency 433 MHz
Voltage: 4.5–5.0 VDC; Output: 500 mW mW
License Free: Frequency: 902 to 928 MHz or 2.4000 to 2.4835 GHz Spread Spectrum
Voltage: 3.3VDC; Output: 100 mW to 1,000 mW Selectable
Computer: Micro Controller with memory board
Solar Cells: 2.52 V 31 mA (48)
Specifications are subject to change. E-mail Interorbital Systems for more detailed information on hardware and ordering.