What can you do with the Kitsat?
Simulate realistic cubesat operations from assembly and testing up to commanding and using the instruments. See how a satellite is made. Play and learn. Create new missions, explore and have fun.
1. Classroom operations
The baseline use of the Kitsat is a satellite teaching session that takes about 2 hours and can be done in the classroom.
The students detach the parts of the satellite and assemble it again. They set up the ground station and test the satellite functions with the ground station programme according to the instructions given.
After the satellite is functional and tested, the students plan a mission. A baseline is a typical satellite flyover: during 10 minutes the students have to receive the housekeeping data from the satellite, verify it, send commands to the satellite for taking photos, receive photos, check those and possibly take some additional images and receive those.
Finally the students go through the photos, edit those and create panoramas from the images.
2. Out to wild
In the classrooms Kitsat can be hoisted to the roof (or just operated from the other side of the room) for time of a simulated flyover, but some "real" action can be added. It can be positioned to the high public places or lifted by a helium balloon to altitude of some hundreds of meters.
The Kitsat can fly also higher, up to stratosphere, but these flights need authorisations, require planning and the flight with a recovery of the Kitsat takes up to one day.
A flyover can be also simulated very realistically by using a drone. The drone – available in near future as a separate purchase – can take the Kitsat and fly at the low altitude over the ground station just like a real satellite would move on the sky.
The ground station can be augmented also with a directional Yagi antenna adding the reality level.
The Kitsat can be used as well for "exploration missions": one group of students will take the satellite to hidden place and/pr move it along the unknown trajectory while another group tries to track it and observe the surroundings with the camera via the radio link.
3. Hack it / code with it
The Kitsat is basically a computer with power system, sensors and a camera inside a box. It can be easily used for programming experiments and teaching. You can also design and build additional systems that can be added to the bus of the Kitsat – there is an open port in the bottom.
New enclosures can de designed and drawn or printed.
4. Gamify our teaching
We have created some example missions for the Kitsat, including games. These will be available for the educational package subscription customers.