Inspiring the next generation of space engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs
The provision of training, development, mentoring, coaching and outreach are a core part of our business; we are passionate about sharing our expertise to advance organisational knowledge in all disciplines such as understanding space, space mission design, systems engineering, project management, integration and test, business modelling and planning.
What is UBO?
UBO is an initiative from the Satellite Applications Catapult that aims to teach individuals and teams that access to space does not have to be as hard as some might think; and to inspire the next generation of space engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs. The development of the UBO technology was inspired by real-life satellite engineering experience, in order to give people the opportunity to learn how space is integrated into our everyday lives.
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Promoting affordable and accessible space
The UBO approach resonates with us because it complements our vision of making space more affordable and accessible. The price, when manufactured in bulk, is affordable enough to allow each training participant to keep their own UBO and continue to develop their skills and space engineering know-how.
Furthermore, the code for setting up and running the UBO platform, its ground station and payloads is freely available; sharing information freely is at the heart of the Open Source Satellite Programme and we are excited to champion this approach with the UBO and share the results with the small satellite and open source communities.
We intend to evaluate the UBO to see how we can include hands-on training on the UBO in our portfolio of training and development solutions, so that we have a range of appropriate tools to support the unique types of training experiences that different individuals, teams and organisations require.
The UBO in the KISPE Space Lab, ready for assembly
We’re grateful to Dr. Chris Brunskill, Ken Diep and the Satellite Applications Catapult for loaning us the UBO. We’ll publish more articles in the coming weeks about the process of assembling, testing and using the UBO hardware, software and documentation.
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