Ok the title is a bit click baity and I do like to be controversial at times but in all seriousness I don’t see pocketqubes (PQ) replacing cubesats. I know this sounds a bit crazy from someone who is developing the “Claymore” a 6P pocketqube deployer. But hear me out, this isn’t necessary a bad […]Read More Pocketqubes won’t replace cubesats
With the FEA simulations, engineering drawings and tolerance stacks complete I am waiting on the suppliers responding to my RFQ (Request for Quote) for machining the worlds lightest 6P pocketqube deployer. I will be comparing the quotes and then wil be raising an order soon. While I am waiting for their responses I have been […]Read More Build or buy?
Currently I have almost completed the finishing touches to the 2nd iteration of my 6p POD and should have the FEA complete during the week. I have been learning how to carry out tolerance stack analysis and thought it would be good to let the pocketqube teams know about this useful tool. So why should […]Read More Stack those tolerances!
So my 3d printed version of my 6p pocketqube deployer (need to give it a creative name) had arrived last week. While I was putting it all together I was making mental notes on how easy it was to put together, how rigid the parts were and areas for improvement. For a first attempt there […]Read More Lessons from prototype round 1
I thought I would write a short blog that could help various pocketqube teams in developing their own pocketqube satellites. While space projects are generally expensive, and most teams won’t have zany millionaires willing to splash the cash I thought I could give some insights in procuring affordable components for their projects. It’s good to […]Read More Prototyping suppliers
Spring has finally sprung, and I thought it would be good to talk about springs as they are a key component in any mechanical systems for pocketqubes and cubesats. I want to share some of the things I learned when I was developing pico satellite systems and what I have learned with my current pocketqube […]Read More Let’s talk about springs
TLDR: No because the benefits outweigh the cost of testing required. As someone who is in the early stages on developing my own pocketqube deployer I have already been looking at test facilities for costs of vibration and shock testing. I can tell you the costs are high from some providers. Testing and qualifying products […]Read More Testing is it a waste of time and money?
Here is my 1st antweight robot I have designed. I decided to go with a rambot as it would be an easy first build so that I can focus on learning the basics of robotics (motors, power requirements, etc.). Plus this allows me to gain experience quickly in developing a lightweight robot in which I […]Read More 1st antweight robot
Self development is something that everyone should be applying to themselves not only professionally but personally as well. As a kid I wanted to be an engineer after seeing the Zords in the Power Rangers as I thought the idea of building skyscraper sized robots to settle an alien threat was a sound solution. However […]Read More MOOC’s: My impressions
For a while I have wanted a new table as the one I currently used is pretty cramped which makes it awkward doing clients work when I need to sketch designs and produce 3D models. I looked around online and the tables were either too small, expensive or way too big. In addition I preferred […]Read More IKEA Tiered Table