Interorbital Satellite Kits and Launch Services
Planet Earth has entered the age of the Personal Satellite with the introduction of Interorbital's TubeSat Personal Satellite (PS) Kit. The IOS TubeSat PS Kit is the low-cost alternative to the CubeSat. It has three-quarters of the mass (0.75-kg or 1.65-lb) and volume of a CubeSat, but still offers plenty of room for most experiments or applications. And, best of all, the price of the TubeSat kit includes the price of a launch into Low-Earth-Orbit on an IOS NEPTUNE 7 (N7) launch vehicle. . . .
CubeSats are designed to function as a Basic Satellite Bus or as a simple stand-alone satellite. Each CubeSat kit includes an aluminum chassis, printed circuit board (PCB) Gerber Files, electronic components, solar cells, batteries, transceiver (requires an authorized frequency allocation from the FCC or equivalent non-US entity), antennas, and an Arduino microcontroller. With these components, the builder can construct a satellite that can send a signal from space. This signal can be picked up on the Earth's surface with a hand-held amateur radio receiver. Simple applications include broadcasting a repeating message from orbit or programming the satellite to function as an orbital amateur radio relay station. . .
Interorbital Systems' modular rocket system has been designed to satisfy a multitude of mission scenarios. The transformer-like launch vehicle can be customized for each mission by varying the number of Common Propulsion Modules (CPMs) and stages. Payload capacities range from a minimum of 30-kg up to one metric ton. The price per kilogram to Low Earth Orbit varies from $4,000 to $12,500 per kilogram, depending on the payload capacity of the the NEPTUNE variant. Larger mass payloads result in a lower cost . . .