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In Planning
Born On:
14:03, 28 July 2010 (CDT)
Last Updated:
13:49, 28 July 2010 (CDT)


This page is for the MakerSat project. Makers Local 256's spaceflight effort to put a satellite in space.



  • 7/19/2010 - Bendersgame and Spacefelix discussed some setups for operating a CubeSat.
  • 6/2010 - Have gathered information and resources on satellite and launch options and costs (monetary and technical).


  • Goal - To put a satellite in orbit for a period of time. As of now, the purpose of the satellite is open.
  • Satellite Options:
    • TubeSat - Will be in a decaying LEO (Low Earth Orbit). It will only stay up for a couple of months. But it will only cost $8,000 to buy kit and launch. The best option for us to start out and learn about satellites and spaceflight.
    • CubeSat - Will be in LEO for an indefinite period of time. Cost to build and launch can be up to $50,000. Due to high cost, it would be beneficial to get sponsorships and have other hackerspaces come on board and contribute. We could part out space and mass slots in the satellite for the other spaces to build and integrate their own projects.
  • Suggested Missions:
    • Real-Time Imaging From Space - Webcast a live real-time video or pictures from the satellite.
    • Biological Payload - Something akin to an EcoSphere or other biological specimens. Would need a way to remotely observe them. Potential science project collaboration.
    • Broadcast - Broadcast custom pre-recorded signals over Ham Radio frequencies so anyone can tune in to our flight.