Fossa Systems is a non-profit association based in Madrid, Spain. Our main goal as an association is to develop and deploy picosatellites in orbit, inspiring a new generation of young engineers and scientists by expanding access to satellite technology, developing low-cost picosatellite technology in order to reduce launch & development costs.
We are developing miniaturized aerospace technologies using a completely open source and non-profit mentality, in such a way anyone can contribute to our projects or use our technology.
Set to launch in Q3 of 2019, Our latest project FossaSat-1 will be Spain’s first satellite launch by a non-government led organization or company. FossaSat-1 is the next advancement in picosatellite technology, sized at only 5x5x5cm and weighing only 250g, it will be one of the smallest satellites ever launched into space.
This new pocketqube form factor allowed by the recent development in smartphone electronics will create a new satellite market never seen before, where satellites such as FossaSat-1 are being developed and launched into orbit for under EUR 30000, truly democratizing access to space for individuals, educational institutes and companies worldwide.
FossaSat-1 will provide free and open source IoT communications for the globe using inexpensive LoRa modules, where students will be able to communicate with a satellite for under EUR 20. This new radio system has never been flown into space before and offers drastic improvements compared to current technology regarding cost and complexity. Additionally, this satellite will create a completely new environment dedicated to the testing of the student code.
We aim to achieve this using a satellite that will be able to operate programmes developed by school and university members. We plan to host an inter-school/university competition and the winners will have their programs loaded onto the satellite along with prizes.
This proposal provides a mechanism to engage students in a wide variety of STEM subjects, Physics and Computer Science.