PocketQube Shop, a Scotland-based startup is offering inexpensive PocketQube satellite kits that make it easier than ever for amateur space enthusiasts, high schools and universities to build functional satellites for as little as $6,000. The small size of the PocketQube satellites means they can be launched at a relatively low cost compared to the popular CubeSat satellites.
The PocketQube satellites measure just 5 cm per side and have 1/8th the volume and weight of a CubeSat. The satellites cost a relatively inexpensive $20,000 to launch into orbit, but are sophisticated enough to carry out some interesting tasks while in low Earth orbit.
The PocketQube Kit includes a spacecraft frame, radio board, on-board computer and a programmable development board that can be used to test electronic boards. Users can also add extra parts such as antennae and solar panels at extra expense.