What's next after industry disruption by Cubesats? Industry disruption by Open Source
Transition from the Academic domain to Commercial applications
Less than a decade ago, cubesats featured almost solely in the academic domain. The same can be said today for Open Source satellites. In the same way that cubesats and the associated development mindset started in the academic community and are now being embraced by commercial, civil and defence communities worldwide, our goal is to stimulate and enable a similar outcome for Open Source satellites.
The Open Source Satellite Programme is developing a robust, flexible low cost satellite platform which addresses future mission and programmatic demands, leverages emerging technologies and which is scalable from nanosat to microsatellite systems, to enable teams to treat the platform as a low cost “commodity” or infrastructure item on which to develop their specific mission.
Presenting the Open Source Satellite Programme vision at the European Space Agency
The Open Source Satellite Programme Team will be delivering a presentation on this topic at the 4th ESA CubeSat Industry Days, 4th-6th June at ESTEC, discussing:
- Platform capabilities
- Generic system architecture
- Example mission architecture
- Adoption of an open source development approach
- Types of projects that are envisaged; from LEO to interplanetary missions.
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