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PocketQubes are a new design of satellite that bring the cost of personal satellites down to what Universities and amateur radio enthusiasts can actually afford. Instead of spending $125k on a 10cm cube CubeSat, the PocketQube, a 5cm cube, can be launched to a 700 km orbit for about $20,000.

MRFOD, a student-built technology demonstrator which will result in the ejection of femtosatellites built to the PocketQube form cactor (under 400 gr) proposed by Professor Robert J. Twiggs (currently at Morehead State University). The femtosatellites Wren, $50SAT, Beakersat-1, Eagle-1 (designed by MSU students) and QBScout-1 will be ejected from UniSat-5 using an orbital deployer called the Morehead-Roma FemtoSat Orbital Deployer (MRFOD) already boarded on satellite, designed by GAUSS

The main body of a PocketQub is typically between 50mm x 50mm x 50mm and 50.8mm x 50.8mm x 50.8mm (2 inches per side). It is attached to a 1.6mm thick back plate made out of 1.6mm FR4 printed circuit board material. A 1Q back plate is 56mm x 64mm x 1.6mm. The back plate slides in 2mm deep metal rails in the orbital deployer.
PocketQube Standard

  • 1U Cubesat = 8Q PocketQub (2 x 2 x 2)
  • 1Q = 50 mm x 50 mm x 50, 125 grm
Beakersat 1
QubeScout 1
UNISAT pocketqube deployer