30 Jul '16, 11pm

A Small Box That’s a Big Deal: How Latin American Countries Are Using CubeSATs and Why it Matters: By: Kevin...

A Small Box That’s a Big Deal: How Latin American Countries Are Using CubeSATs and Why it Matters: By: Kevin...

The CubeSAT programs in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and Uruguay share several things in common. First, in all four countries, there was a deliberate effort to domestically produce as much as possible – even when foreign experts had be consulted for testing and launch was provided by international partners. Producing their own satellites was considered a national achievement and a source of national pride by each country. Second, each country has taken a collaborative approach, with much of their effort and expertise being provided by state-funded universities, with input and guidance from their respective national governments through government agencies. Third, using CubeSATs helped each country keep costs relatively low. All of the various programs were well below $(USD) two million. Furthermore, the satellite component of the costs was a minority of the investment for eac...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/a-small-box-that%E2%...

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