Exploring outer space with CubeSats

Scientists use satellites to track weather, map ice sheet melting, detect diseases, show ecosystem change… the list goes on and on. I think nearly every scientific field benefits or could benefit from satellite imagery analysis.

Sarah Parcak

Satellites have changed our lives. Thanks to them we have been able to know more not only about outer space, but also about our own planet. Because of them we have very high-quality images and infromation that indicate us different things, like the pullution levels, deforestation, the melting of the ice caps…

However, satellites are very big, difficult and very expensive to make. Therfore, CubeSats have appeared and are already revolutionizing the industry. They have the same capacities and equipment that normal satellites have, but they are lighter, smaller and cheaper.

In this projecrt, Carlota, Roque and I decided to study the Ozone layer through the years and how could we obtain data of it through cubesats and satellite images. In addition, we had to do some programming with the MicroBit, which is like an Arduino Board, (I couldn’t because I had exams and didn’t really have time) which was very interesting as you can do many things with it.

The MicroBit equipment

Moreover, I was able to draw and design the Mission Patch which I loved, because I really like drawing. Also, I had to build the CubeSat, which was also cool.  In the end, we did a video explaining what the Ozone layer is and the data that NASA has found over the years, the design of our CubeSat and the programming that Carlota did with her Microbit.

Our CubeSat with our Mission Patch
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