But this time not on a high altitude balloon but with Cygnus ISS resupply craft and beyond.
This project is being continued with the aim to develop and fly a CubeSat in Space; most likely deploying from the International Space Station with Nano Racks. This will be the first CubeSat built at the University of Southampton, and hence a milestone undertaking in its own right. But we’ll try to do even more new things with it.
Firstly, we’re bring down its cost as much as possible, not only by utilising smartphone electronics but also trying to incorporate 3D printed parts into the design. This would help us and other interested institutions fly their technologies and experiments in Space with less effort and money and hence accelerate the development process (read about how this works on the Planet Labs website).
The CubeSat may also test if Europe’s new satellite positioning system, Galileo, works in Space and help us gather data that will help to predict when and where things fall from space on the ground, which is also called re-entry prediction.
From other important news – we’ve changed the name to University of Southampton Small Satellite, or UoS3. BLAST has been great but we want to be clear our ambitions are more than balloons.