20 october, meeting with HTL and Addnics in japan

So, Robin, our AOCS expert met with HTL in Japan. Strange one might think that it is not our communication guy meeting them, but Robin was in Japan on other business. It is always good for teams to meet in the...

9 october, meeting with scientists

Meeting with the astronomers. We really liked to bring a multispectral camera(s). We just need a team to back it up, and do some useful stuff with the data. Astronomers at Uppsala was up to the challenge, so lets hope we can get that to work. Here is the 1 m telescope...

4 october, some days are blue

Days like this. As if the technical and economical challenges of going to an asteroid is not enough. Add some administrative, regulatory stuff to the mix and it on a day like this feels almost hopeless. It is days like this I go to coster wisdom to gather strength:...

27 september, meeting at Naturhistoriska Museet

In an effort to understand what we will encounter when we get to the asteroid I met with the geology and mineralology scientists of Naturhistoriska Museet in Stockholm. We had a very interesting discussion, both on the type of instrumentation we need to bring on the...

25 september, payload meeting

Today we had a very interesting meeting with the payload groups. We plan to bring 2U/2kg of payload. The question is what to bring? Jan-Erik from IRF had put together very good payload groups. After having realised that some were not really going to fit the envelope...

20 september, here we go

So this is where the piggyback go. It is tiny, of course, in relation to the launcher, Long March 3B. But there is supposedly room in there, not only for us, but for more piggy backs, should there be demand. One needs to keep the cold out for four hours though, the...

20 september, visit to startracker

In the morning vi visited the Tsing Hua University. Again, very impressive, the resources invested in the development of small satellite components. We focused on their pico startracker, a small, very capable instrument. It has a lot of flight heritage, and Krister...

12 september, Advisory meeting

Great to get the input from the advisers. We have presented the project status, and received suggestions, pointers. A lot of it now has changed from technical advise to more space politics, space industry related advice. All that messy stuff we (as an operational...

Monday Meeting

First Monday meeting with the whole team present. Robin, Robin, Krister, Petrus and Akhsanto. Robin is welcoming Jan-Erik, our second visitor to our office. Lots of topics in the air. 10.00 Payload meeting an another transponder meeting. Nothing is easy, nothing is...

So, this is the size…?

How big is our target asteroid? 40 – 120 m in diameter they say, but what does that mean? In order to gain perspective, I brought my 30 mm wizard to the rock where my running occasionally takes me. If the wizard were me, and the rock the asteroid, then the rock...

New office

New office Or more rightly, our first office. There is nothing like the feeling of getting that first office for your project/company. By the grace of OHB Sweden we have a corner office in their building, sharing reception and meeting rooms. Perhaps even in the future...

18 october, video meeting HTL

We had a very interesting video meeting with HTL today. They have built this X-band transponder together with JAXA (if I understood correctly) which flew on a small asteroid mission a few years back. If I remember correctly the propulsion unit failed on that...

5 october, celebrating accommendation with cake

So it all fits, and that calls for a celebration! First office cake, saving champagne for later. We had to throw out a little payload, apparently harness takes a lot of space (harness is all those cables). Anyway, we are happy. Cake was also the only thing on Robin's...

2 october, platform accomendation

Some Hamlet inspired space system engineers, playing with their new puzzle. Quite a task to get the pieces to fit in the box. Golden rule, do not make the box bigger. Feels like its more of a question of how little do we need to change the pieces to get them to fit?...

26 september, meeting with CNSA

Meeting between CNSA and SNSB (Swedish National Space Board). The reports I get from Australia is that the meeting was very good and that we are making true progress in getting to the cooperation in place. I was not there, but I see on the picture that all is smiling....

21 september, meeting with CNSA

So, the grand finale, meeting with CNSA. This was the follow up meeting to the meeting in July where we first in depth discussed the subject of cooperation. We really enjoyed the meeting. I felt that there is an earnest interest in our project, and that they would...

20 september, meeting with Great Wall and Long March

Rockets, is not that an exceptionally potent part of space exploration. They are big, powerful and make a lot of noise, and above all it is the entry to space altogether. We met with Great Wall and the engineers of Long March. We discussed a potential piggyback to...

18 september, visiting NWPU

Dr Yu picked us up at the airport at 6.40. A very productive day was arranged at NWPU. We visited the lab and testing facilities of NWPU. It is clear that a lot of resources is invested by the university in the development of small/cube satellites. They have...

Geniuses speculate

Robin and Krister in a very detailed discussion regarding solar panel mechanism stuff. Earlier the same day Robin simulated de-tumbling by sitting spinning in his office chair with arms outstretched. It feels great having practical engineers...

First visitor

We are used to be the visitors, but now Dr. Xiaozhou from NWPU has visited us for a couple of days. We met our partners OHB, SSC and IRF. Discussions during day focused on space. Exploring ways of cooperating without waking the ghost of political isolation. Cubesat...

20 october, meeting with HTL and Addnics in japan

So, Robin, our AOCS expert met with HTL in Japan. Strange one might think that it is not our communication guy meeting them, but Robin was in Japan on other business. It is always good for teams to meet in the...

18 october, video meeting HTL

We had a very interesting video meeting with HTL today. They have built this X-band transponder together with JAXA (if I understood correctly) which flew on a small asteroid mission a few years back. If I remember correctly the propulsion unit failed on that...

9 october, meeting with scientists

Meeting with the astronomers. We really liked to bring a multispectral camera(s). We just need a team to back it up, and do some useful stuff with the data. Astronomers at Uppsala was up to the challenge, so lets hope we can get that to work. Here is the 1 m telescope...

5 october, celebrating accommendation with cake

So it all fits, and that calls for a celebration! First office cake, saving champagne for later. We had to throw out a little payload, apparently harness takes a lot of space (harness is all those cables). Anyway, we are happy. Cake was also the only thing on Robin's...

4 october, some days are blue

Days like this. As if the technical and economical challenges of going to an asteroid is not enough. Add some administrative, regulatory stuff to the mix and it on a day like this feels almost hopeless. It is days like this I go to coster wisdom to gather strength:...

2 october, platform accomendation

Some Hamlet inspired space system engineers, playing with their new puzzle. Quite a task to get the pieces to fit in the box. Golden rule, do not make the box bigger. Feels like its more of a question of how little do we need to change the pieces to get them to fit?...

27 september, meeting at Naturhistoriska Museet

In an effort to understand what we will encounter when we get to the asteroid I met with the geology and mineralology scientists of Naturhistoriska Museet in Stockholm. We had a very interesting discussion, both on the type of instrumentation we need to bring on the...

26 september, meeting with CNSA

Meeting between CNSA and SNSB (Swedish National Space Board). The reports I get from Australia is that the meeting was very good and that we are making true progress in getting to the cooperation in place. I was not there, but I see on the picture that all is smiling....

25 september, payload meeting

Today we had a very interesting meeting with the payload groups. We plan to bring 2U/2kg of payload. The question is what to bring? Jan-Erik from IRF had put together very good payload groups. After having realised that some were not really going to fit the envelope...

21 september, meeting with CNSA

So, the grand finale, meeting with CNSA. This was the follow up meeting to the meeting in July where we first in depth discussed the subject of cooperation. We really enjoyed the meeting. I felt that there is an earnest interest in our project, and that they would...

20 september, here we go

So this is where the piggyback go. It is tiny, of course, in relation to the launcher, Long March 3B. But there is supposedly room in there, not only for us, but for more piggy backs, should there be demand. One needs to keep the cold out for four hours though, the...

20 september, meeting with Great Wall and Long March

Rockets, is not that an exceptionally potent part of space exploration. They are big, powerful and make a lot of noise, and above all it is the entry to space altogether. We met with Great Wall and the engineers of Long March. We discussed a potential piggyback to...

20 september, visit to startracker

In the morning vi visited the Tsing Hua University. Again, very impressive, the resources invested in the development of small satellite components. We focused on their pico startracker, a small, very capable instrument. It has a lot of flight heritage, and Krister...

18 september, visiting NWPU

Dr Yu picked us up at the airport at 6.40. A very productive day was arranged at NWPU. We visited the lab and testing facilities of NWPU. It is clear that a lot of resources is invested by the university in the development of small/cube satellites. They have...

12 september, Advisory meeting

Great to get the input from the advisers. We have presented the project status, and received suggestions, pointers. A lot of it now has changed from technical advise to more space politics, space industry related advice. All that messy stuff we (as an operational...

Monday Meeting

First Monday meeting with the whole team present. Robin, Robin, Krister, Petrus and Akhsanto. Robin is welcoming Jan-Erik, our second visitor to our office. Lots of topics in the air. 10.00 Payload meeting an another transponder meeting. Nothing is easy, nothing is...

Geniuses speculate

Robin and Krister in a very detailed discussion regarding solar panel mechanism stuff. Earlier the same day Robin simulated de-tumbling by sitting spinning in his office chair with arms outstretched. It feels great having practical engineers...

So, this is the size…?

How big is our target asteroid? 40 – 120 m in diameter they say, but what does that mean? In order to gain perspective, I brought my 30 mm wizard to the rock where my running occasionally takes me. If the wizard were me, and the rock the asteroid, then the rock...

First visitor

We are used to be the visitors, but now Dr. Xiaozhou from NWPU has visited us for a couple of days. We met our partners OHB, SSC and IRF. Discussions during day focused on space. Exploring ways of cooperating without waking the ghost of political isolation. Cubesat...

New office

New office Or more rightly, our first office. There is nothing like the feeling of getting that first office for your project/company. By the grace of OHB Sweden we have a corner office in their building, sharing reception and meeting rooms. Perhaps even in the future...

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