It’s not cheap to put something into space. You basically have to pay to blow up a lot of stuff and focus that power in one direction, in order to get that item into space. Sending up your own satellite costs as much as a house, these days… but PocketQube wants to make it cheaper.
Wholesale Space Launches
How does that work? Well, first of all, you’re not going to be launching the Hubble; as you might have guessed from the name, the PocketQube is tiny, just two inches across on all sides. It uses the wholesale model in other ways, too; all parts are off-the-shelf, and nothing custom is built. As for what you can get thrown into orbit? Name it. You probably won’t be able to launch a tiny death ray, but any number of instruments and sensors can be packed into even a tiny space.
Pricey, Pricey, Pricey
That said, it won’t be cheap to get your own satellite into orbit. To give you an idea of how expensive it is to get something off this rock, one PocketQube launch generally starts at around $35,000. No, we did not lose a decimal point somewhere; launching your own satellite into space will be the cost equivalent of buying a Lexus, but admittedly a lot cooler. Let’s face it, having your own satellite is a lot more attention getting than a luxury sedan.
This Is Major Tom…
Many of us will never need a satellite in our day to day lives. But, on the other hand, many of us want a satellite in our day to day lives, whether we’re scientists who need to collect valuable data from space, or want to use “Hey, want to see what you look like from space?” as a pickup line. If that describes you, the PocketQube Shop is now open for business.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.