IOS CubeSat Kits

IOS satellite kits are now available with or without a launch option

IOS TubeSat 2.0 and CubeSat 2.0 Photos

IOS TubeSat 2.0 and CubeSat 2.0 Photos

The IOS CubeSat Kit is currently the lowest-cost professional-quality CubeSat Kit on the planet. It is assembled with high-quality, custom-printed circuit boards and precision laser-cut aluminum components. CubeSat kit builders include engineering or science professionals who wish to space-qualify hardware in Low Earth Orbit, educational institutions requiring student training in spacecraft design, and experimenters who just want a chance to explore space. The CubeSat can also serve as a Personal Satellite for artists, musicians, advertisers, or individuals who wish to send items into space, or to transmit messages from space. If required, and for extra fees based on mission requirements, Interorbital Systems and its partners can offer design, development, training, and manufacturing services to individuals who do no possess the technical skills required to build the spacecraft.

IOS CubeSat 2.0

For those seeking the ultimate satellite-building experience at the lowest possible price, Interorbital Systems (IOS) is completing the development and testing of its next-generation CubeSat 2.0 satellite kit. The CubeSat 2.0 kit should be available in October of 2019. This new satellite kit has a reduced parts-count and is easier to build than its predecessor. Interorbital’s engineers have succeeded in merging the original CubeSat kit 1.0 version’s power management, microcontroller, and communications boards onto a single printed circuit board, substantially expanding the satellites' open interior space to accommodate larger payloads. The new model represents a complete rebuild of the 1.0 version of the satellite kits.

Just like the original IOS TubeSat, the IOS CubeSat 2.0 has no external metal chassis. The old-style aluminum CubeSat chassis has been replaced by specially designed laser-cut aluminum rings and printed circuit boards. This modification reduces the satellite weight, simplifies assembly of the CubeSat, and increases the mass allowance of the builder's experiment. CubeSat 2.0 will also be available with or without a launch to a 310-km (192_mi) polar orbit, on an Interorbital launch vehicle.

The upgraded 2.0 versions of the satellite kits include the hardware updates listed below. Satellite builders who want to buy and reserve a CubeSat 2.0 kit in advance can do so now, and enjoy a $500-off pre-release price. For pre-sales of the CubeSat 2.0 kit, please contact Interorbital Systems.

IOS CubeSat 1.0

At this time, a limited number of CubeSat 1.0 satellite kits are still available at the old price. CubeSat 1.0 kit builders have a choice of two options for the basic unit: the new standard 1.33-kg mass or the old standard 1-kg mass. Each CubeSat 1.0 kit includes an aluminum chassis, printed circuit board (PCB) Gerber Files, solar cells, batteries, a transceiver, antennas, an Arduino microcontroller, plus a space for the builders application or experiment. Satellite kit-and-launch packages include a launch to LEO on an Interorbital NEPTUNE Series Rocket.

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Photo of CubeSat 2.0

CubeSat 2.0 Kit: Specifications and Upgrades

- 10x10x10 cm chassis: constructed from laser-cut square aluminum bands and PCBs

- Printed circuit boards (PCBs)

- Electronic components, 2x4 Mbits FRAM Memory, Atmega 2560 microcontroller, integrated micro-USB port

- 9-degree-of-freedom inertial module (with magnetometer)

- Extra solar power: 4 durable 1.37W solar cells

- 4 Lithium Ion batteries (with holding clips and temperature sensors); longer life

- Improved power-management and charging control

- 1.5W high-efficiency radio transceiver with built-in amplifier

- α β γ radiation sensor

- Real-time Clock

- Dipole communications antenna

- Compatibility with Arduino IDE

- 2 sub-miniature deployment switches

- Launch to polar Low Earth Orbit: optional

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Image of CubeSat 2.0 in Orbit

CubeSat 2.0 Kit: Purchase Options

Kit Name Payload Mass Price per unit
CubeSat 2.0: no launch 1.33 kg $11,000 (academic)
CubeSat 2.0 with launch 1.33 kg $22,000 (academic)

Prices apply only to academic purchases. Commercial customers should contact IOS for pricing. Customers who have built their own CubeSats should contact IOS for stand-alone launch-service pricing. CubeSats can also be ordered in 2U or 3U configurations, which consist of two or three CubeSat chassis connected in series. 2U and 3U CubeSats have double and triple the mass allowances of a 1U CubeSat. Prices are also doubled and tripled for 2U and 3U CubeSats respectively. If you wish to purchase a satellite kit or if you have any questions, please call 661.965.0771 or send an email to ios@interorbital.com.

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A partially assembled IOS 1U CubeSat 1.0

CubeSat 1.0 Kit: Specifications

- 10x10x10 cm aluminum chassis

- Printed circuit board (PCB) Gerber files

- Major electronic components

- 60x 2.52 Volt 31 mA solar cells

- Lithium Ion 3.6 Volt battery

- Radio transceiver (requires authorized radio frequency allocation)

- Dipole communications antenna

- Arduino 5 mini microcontroller

- Launch to polar 310-km Low Earth Orbit included

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CubeSat 1.0: Stacked PCBs

CubeSat 1.0 Kit: Purchase Options

Kit Type Payload Mass Price per unit
IOS Old Standard CubeSat 1 kg $15,500 (academic)
IOS New Standard CubeSat 1.33 kg $19,625 (academic)

Prices apply only to academic purchases. Commercial customers should contact IOS for pricing. Customers who have built their own CubeSats should contact IOS for stand-alone launch-service pricing. CubeSats can also be ordered in 2U or 3U configurations, which consist of two or three CubeSat chassis connected in series. 2U and 3U CubeSats have double and triple the mass allowances of a 1U CubeSat. Prices are also doubled and tripled for 2U and 3U CubeSats respectively. If you wish to purchase a satellite kit or if you have any questions, please call 661.965.0771 or send an email to ios@interorbital.com.