Start with the latest technology in the form of nanosensors, pick a social issue, namely the lack of youth engagement in science, mix in social media platforms to obtain crowdfunding, and finally give the masses access to the final product. This recipe captures the premise behind NanoSatisfi, the startup founded by CERN physicist Peter Platzer and NASA engineer Jeroen Cappaert providing the average Joe access to space, a world which had previously been the purview of governments.
Recent technological developments and social platforms have eliminated previous legal and financial barriers to individuals’ presence in this frontier. Likewise, a skilled team of experienced developers assists with programming challenges to facilitate collective but private satellite launches intended to grant anyone the opportunity to run experiments and collect data. This ensures security while simplifying and democratizing space exploration. Initially, NanoSatisfi is targeting students and educators, but hopes to secure capital to scale up and offer metereological data gathering services superior to those currently available to enterprises.
As for the nitty-gritty details, ArduSats have a lifespan of about two years before they are upgraded. A week’s worth of access to programmable units onboard the inorbit satellite costs $250. The individual can construct a custom sensor, or buy a prefabricated kit from the company, choosing from standard sensors including an Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Camera, Geiger Counter, Infrared Thermometer, Light Sensor, Magnetometer, Spectrometer, Sun Sensors (Photodiodes) and Temperature Sensors. The tech savvy user’s interest might be further piqued by the fact that developers who submit applications now will not be subject to a revenue share model and can pocket all profit.
We look forward to seeing how the doors that NanoSatisfi flings open with its truly novel concept revolutionize a new era of space exploration and wish them all the best!