Our vision is to build a picosatellite and put it in orbit around the Earth, 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.
FossaSat-1 will be used as a test platform for deploying user developed code in orbit and will provide free and open source IoT communications for the globe using inexpensive LoRa modules.
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. All participants will have their names recorded on the system as it circles the globe.
We hope this proposal provides a mechanism to engage students in a wide variety of STEM subjects, Physics and Computer Science.
The team is currently developing a prototype which will be ready by the end of 2018. The aim being to have it fully tested on a weather balloon as a proof of concept. Our approach is to have the satellite build plan verified and validated by experienced personnel before taking it to launch in Q3 2019. This phase of the project is already partially funded.