Get OzQube-1 Into Space

$2,340 of $50k goal

Raised by 25 people in 22 months
Stuart McAndrew  Joondalup, WA
From Backyard Shed to Orbit

OzQube-1 is a tiny satellite that's being built in a backyard shed in suburban Perth, Western Australia.
It's the first of its kind to be built in Australia. It is a new type of satellite called a PocketQube - a cube measuring 5cm on each side.  OzQube-1 is a demonstration that building a satellite can be done by anyone, not just nations, large companies and well funded institutions. It is a fully functioning Earth Observation satellite - meaning that it has a camera onboard. It is designed to take photos of the Southern Hemisphere - especially Australia! It will send those images via radio down to the ground and anyone can try their hand at receiving them with low cost hardware connected to a computer.

Here's a couple of online articles describing the project:

ScienceNetwork WA (produced by Scitech)
http://www.sciencewa.net.au/topics/space/item/3605-diy-satellite-launches-from-backyard-shed-to-lower-orbit
SatMagazine
http://www.satmagazine.com/story.php?number=1481898241

With your help, OzQube-1 will be able to make it to orbit!
Once upon a time, building a satellite was extremely expensive. The PocketQube form factor is changing that. But getting satellites into space is still expensive. PocketQubes  can't change the cost of operating a rocket, but because they are small, the cost for each satellites is much less compared to their cubesat cousins.
In order to get OzQube-1 into space, I need help to fund the launch costs (~$30,000), along with other necessary things like insurance, government permits (potentially up to $10,000) and specialized testing of the satellite ( several thousand dollars). The testing is required by the organisations that launch the rockets. They want to make sure that my satellite is not going to fall apart during the extreme forces that occur during the rocket flight. 

Who Am I?
The creator of this tiny marvel is me - Stuart McAndrew. By day, I work as an IT professional. By night, I teach myself how to design and build satellites.
Space is cool! Building something yourself that can go into space is even cooler! This project shows that if you learn the right skills, you can achieve something amazing.

Why should you contribute to my project?

Australia’s first amateur satellite – Oscar 5 - was launched into orbit in 1970. Since then, there haven’t been any other Australian amateur satellites. In the meantime, other countries have continued to develop their capability in space, and Australia has lagged a long way behind.

I want to change that.

By funding my project, you’re not just helping me to get my satellite into orbit. You’re helping to show the world that Australia isn’t going to be left behind any more. You’re helping to build the foundations of an emerging national industry. You’re helping to show kids that there’s more to space than being an astronaut. You’re helping to show them that STEM education can lead to exciting careers. You’re helping to inspire others to follow their dreams and to aim for the sky.

This is SPACE 2.0!

Follow the project on Facebook  and Twitter .
Check out the project profile on the STEM Network
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Update 3
Posted by Stuart McAndrew
11 months ago
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To try and get a boost to the project, I've entered OzQube-1 into the Nescafe Headstart competition! It's a competition where Australians can submit an idea for a chance to win a $15,000 prize. My idea is to try and win the $15K so that I can get OzQube-1 space-ready, including the required testing.
The Nescafe judges determine who gets to the semi-finals, but there is a Peoples Choice finalist.
This is where you all come in! The most popular project based on the number of community votes also gets a semi-final spot.

So please go to https://headstart.nescafe.com.au/idea/to-build-a-satellite-that-is-ready-to-be-launched-into-space/ and vote for me by clicking on the heart at the top right of the screen. There is no registration required, so it will only take a moment.
(Note that the website can take a little while to load, so be patient!)

Thank you again for supporting OzQube-1 so far!

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Update 2
Posted by Stuart McAndrew
14 months ago
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Wow! We've hit the $2000 mark!

A BIG thank you to everyone that has provided a contribution to the project so far!
Spaceflight remains an area that requires a high level of investment before any goals are realized. This project is still much cheaper than most, if not all of the other alternatives, like the larger Cubesats.

When we achieve the goal of $50,000 and OzQube-1 is launched into space, it will demonstrate that it is possible to perform a low cost mission that can have big results!

Please share the details of the campaign with your friends and family. Together we can make a difference!
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Update 1
Posted by Stuart McAndrew
21 months ago
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Hi Everyone,
Sorry for the short notice, but if you're in WA, OzQube-1 and myself will be on TV tonight (30/7/15) on Channel 7, during the Today Tonight program at 6:30pm. If you're not a TV watcher or if you're outside WA, the segment should be posted online shortly after. I'll post the link!

Stuart.
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$2,340 of $50k goal

Raised by 25 people in 22 months
Created June 19, 2015
JA
$10
Josh Anthony
5 months ago

Awesome project mate. Australia needs much more of this.

$100
Anonymous
11 months ago
$20
Anonymous
11 months ago (Offline Donation)
DS
$20
Daniel Scuka
13 months ago

Best wishes for a smooth launch!

$20
Alex Gaesser
13 months ago

Up, up, and away!

$20
Anonymous
13 months ago
MW
$25
Matthew Woods
14 months ago

Good luck mate, Great to catch up with you at ESA's Social Space event

$25
Adam Fout
14 months ago

Good luck!

AD
$100
Andrew Van Dam
14 months ago

Here's 10ml of propellant I hope.

LP
$80
Lawrence Stock & Daniel Pietroniro
14 months ago

Good luck Stu Pot! From the Meerkats :)

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