Image of CubeSats in orbit
CubeSat kit builders have a choice of two options for the basic unit: the new standard 1.33-kg mass or the old standard 1-kg mass. Each CubeSat kit includes an aluminum chassis, printed circuit board (PCB) Gerber Files, solar cells, batteries, a transceiver, antennas, an Arduino microcontroller, plus a space for the builders application or experiment. With these items, the builder can construct a satellite that allows two-way communication between Earth and LEO with as little as a hand-held amateur radio unit.
IOS satellite kits are designed to give the builder a private platform for on-orbit experimentation. Simple applications include sending a repeating message from orbit, programming the satellite to function as an orbital amateur radio relay station, or taking pictures of the Earth from space. Since most IOS satellites are placed into self-decaying, 310-km, polar orbits, they do not contribute to the long-term build-up of orbital debris.
A partially assembled IOS 1U CubeSat
- 10x10x10 cm aluminum chassis
- Printed circuit board (PCB) Gerber files
- Electronic components
- 60x 2.52 Volt 31 mA solar cells
- Lithium Ion 3.6 Volt battery
- Radio transceiver (requires authorized radio frequency allocation)
- Dipole communications antenna
- Arduino 5 mini microcontroller
- Launch to polar Low Earth Orbit included
|Kit Name||Payload Mass||Price per unit|
|IOS Old Standard CubeSat||1 kg||$15,500 (academic)|
|IOS New Standard CubeSat||1.33 kg||$19,625 (academic)|
Prices apply only to academic purchases. Commercial customers should contact IOS for pricing. Customers who have built their own CubeSats should contact IOS for standalone launch service pricing. CubeSats can also be ordered in 2U or 3U configurations, which consist of two or three CubeSat chassis connected in series. 2U and 3U CubeSats have double and triple the mass allowances of a 1U CubeSat. Prices are also doubled and tripled for 2U and 3U CubeSats respectively.