It must be said home of the Pocket Spacecraft is like a tucked away alternative world. To reach Pocket Spacecraft's facility, one would ask direction at the Cinema's entrance by the water side, be directed upstairs through bar and cafe, Finally through a secure corridor of the Pervasive Media Studio and you'll reach the open planned HQ.
Michael has presented to us the tips and tricks for getting satellites into space, sharing the greatest detail from his experiences on everything from regulations, details of open sourced space projects, place for souring parts to make your own cubesat, technologies for controlling landing, altitude, propulsion etc, to tools for listening to spacecrafts. And of course the process and the ambition to launching thousands of thin film Pocket Spacecrafts in an affordable way. There's no lack of detail on all topics covered, it's like a week of space symposium compressed into a day!
Regulations for spacecraft is actually very intriguing, when it is stationary, in the atmosphere and out of the atmosphere, it is considered as a different kind of instrument and are subject to different regulations! And of course, we need to ensure wherever we go in space, we leave it rather untouched and there's where the Heritage rules and Planetary protection rules comes in. Needless to say different country have different regulations too!
And of course, we visited the facility for making spacecraft. Most electronics are printed out over at a FABLAB, in the HQ, we can see:
A plan for a rather portable vacuum assembly facility for cubesats. With the principles explained, in great details too,
A mission control room, with the launch day, as well as daily scene, painted to us in words.
The lab - a rather portable one. Faraday's cage, electronics lab, all takes the form factor of boxes.
(right) Michael has also brought out different types of antenna and explain them too. Even gave us some DIY tips for making some of those!
(left) Michael has kindly prepared the perfect number of copies of "Foundation Liscence - Now!" and explained through the booklet like a perfect study guide. If you are interested in getting to know more about the radio for satellites, look for your local AMSAT.