Feeds

Buy your own satellite

At $45,000 it's an Xmas must-have

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Christmas madness has begun in earnest and the silliest thing we've come across so far is the CubeSat. At four inches across and weighing in at about a kilo, this personal mini satellite has to be the ultimate present for the geek who has everything.

The pair responsible for this festive season nonsense, Dale Richards and Robert Twiggs, reckon that at $45,000, their product is a bargain. And given that a normal satellite can cost millions to launch, they are probably right. They plan to launch the satellites on decommissioned Russian missiles.

So, once you have your mini satellite, what would you do with it? Well, say Dale and Robert, you could use it to test microprocessors and other components in space or equip it with sensors and collect data in orbit. Or they could be fun for ham radio operators, who want to bounce messages to each other in space.

The trouble is though that because they are so small, once all the comms equipment is on board, there might not be room for anything else. But why let practicality get in the way of a cool idea?

Twiggs, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University commented: "Somebody's going to come along and say 'I'd like my own satellite'."

He said the project was similar to the beginning of the Internet. "What could you do with the Internet five years ago?" he said. "And now look at all the applications they've got."

This is not the first foray into the world of mini satellite. It is quite a small niche market, selling mainly to research scientists. Although there is one company that offers to launch the cremated remains of a loved one into orbit. We say: "Hmm." ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests
Big Blue finds containers are speedy, but may not have much room to improve
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?
Enough hot air to carry a balloon to the Moon
Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp
Stats analysis reckons we'll hit that point in just three years
Dell The Man shrieks: 'We've got a Bitcoin order, we've got a Bitcoin order'
$50k of PowerEdge servers? That'll be 85 coins in digi-dosh
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.