Introducing the Reaktor Hello World Satellite

What makes the Reaktor Hello World satellite special? Software. We want it to be as flexible as possible and every programmer to have the ability to work on it.

The satellite type we are launching is called CubeSat. As the name implies, it is a small, 10 x 10 x 10 centimeter cube weighing around one kilogram. Reaktor Hello World Satellite consists of two units measuring 10 x 10 x 20.

Building this kind of satellite is relatively simple. Anyone can buy the parts cheaply – compared to a traditional large-scale satellite – and build one. This video explains the basics:

What makes the Reaktor Hello World Satellite different from hundreds of other CubeSat projects? The software. Going to space involves much more than rockets and fire; software helped the United States win the space race in the 60s. The whole concept of “software engineering” was introduced during the Apollo space program.

Although we are in the early stages of our satellite project, we know we want our software to be as flexible as possible. Better yet, we want every programmer to have the ability to work on the software.

If you would like to keep up with our space program, sign up on our Reaktor Space website.

If you want to learn more about CubeSats and the community around them, watch this video from NASA Edge with professors Bob Twiggs and Jordi Puig-Suari, co-inventors of the CubeSat:

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