We have been talking to the some of the teams on the front line of the PocketQube revolution. This blog features Paul Kocyla of the WREN team, the first 1p PocketQube project as well as the most advanced with a camera (SSTV), 3 axis reaction wheel and propulsion onboard. WREN made orbit but failed to make contact with the ground, Paul shares his thoughts.
How did you hear about PocketQube?
I found a presentation from Professor Twiggs on the web two years ago and was fascinated about it from the beginning.
Tell us a bit about your PocketQube Project
I was developing a pulsed plasma thruster one year before I heard of PocketQubs, and this new satellite geometry gave me the chance to send the thrusters into space.
Where did the idea come from, what is the objective?
I heard about Cubesats some years ago. At this time, I wanted to participate in a university Cubesat project, but unfortunately due to my bachelor exams I had to delay that - what I never forgave myself. So when I heard about the PocketQubs I started to develop one immediately. At this time ...