Artist rendering of completed 3D printed cube satellite.

The primary goal of the OpenOrbiter project is to develop a design and flight model for a 1U (10 cm x 10 cm x 11 cm, 1.33 kg) spacecraft, which will be launched into low-Earth orbit. This design, the Open Prototype for Educational NanoSats, will be made available to others worldwide to facilitate the creation of their own low-cost programs. We aim to make the designs able to be produced with a parts budget of below $5,000 (excluding payload specific components).

We've developed a new CubeSat layout, where boards are vertically inserted and secured, leaving a large payload area in the center of the spacecraft. We've also designed a new low-cost software defined radio (SDR) and we're using the commercially available Raspberry Pi single-board computer as our flight computer and GumStix computer-on-module units for payload processing. Read more about the technical innovations of the OPEN design on the documentation page.