First Open Source Satellite: Houston, We’ve Not Had a Problem!

By on July 2, 2017
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A few weeks ago, the first open source satellite made its way into space. The Libre Space Foundation, the organization behind the satellite, is dedicated to developing libre space hardware.

The cube sat in question is UPSat, a 2U cubesat that is completely Open Source. Everything from the chassis to the firmware is completely Open, with all the source files hosted on GitHub.

UPSat is currently on its way to the International Space Station stowed in an Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft. From here, the UPSat will be unloaded by members of the current ISS expedition and deployed with help from NanoRacks. Basically, the first Open Source satellite will be tossed overboard from the International Space Station.
Basically, the first Open Source satellite will be tossed overboard from the International Space Station.

If you want, you can track the satellite yourself with the open source SatNOGS ground station.

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