1p pocketqube amateur satellite
TFTqube is a 1p pocketqube satellite currently in development at The Flame Trench. Pocketqubes are small, 50mm x 50mm cube satellites that can push the limits of microelectronics in space.
The Flame Trench are aiming to have TFTqube ready for final qualification and launch in the 2020-2022 period, either from the ISS or from a secondary payload on an orbital launch. Confirmation of a launch roadmap will come further in the future.
We plan to use TFTqube to develop a novel method of building compact electronics in pocketqube sized spacecraft, using a shell concept shown to the left. The project will also act as a proving ground for multiple proprietary systems, from spacecraft modules down to ground station systems for operation.
We plan to blog the design and development of TFTqube and potentially release the design as open source as it matures. Stay tuned!