Launched your "OWN" satellite into Low Earth Orbit

Launched your “OWN” satellite into Low Earth Orbit.

When we see last fryday the bring 60 small satellites in the low-Earth orbit for Musk’s new Starlink internet service. I think what can we do to this with less money and be all so active in space

After a search on the Internet I saw/found this:

AmbaSat-1: An IoT Space satellite kit

Once your satellite kit is assembled (you can add more sensors to it) and programmed (with your own code), it will be launched onboard on a commercial rocket which will deploy your satellite into Low Earth Orbit, where it will spend up to 3 months in space.

Once your AmbaSat satellite is released from the CubeSat container, it will power-up and begin sending data back to your Dashboard via The Things Network of Gateways. Your AmbaSat-1 is fully Things Network (TTN) compliant so as well as viewing data in your Dashboard, you can sign-up for a TTN account and access your satellite’s sensor data directly using a range of different TTN extensions.

When “your satellite” is finally in space! You have control! true the AmbaSat Dashboard.

And you are you own Satellite Operator.

I have backed, and I hope the project will started, and I will publish here the result’s off building, testing, launced, and the first data.

See the “The AmbaSat-1” printed circuit board (PCB)
All the board components – MCU, transceiver, voltage regulator, resistors, etc :

See how the lauche will in the below animation.

See at Kickstarter :


Yes, I have, has not every one ?

But to those that have not, when I last talked to the ESA about this, it was clear you cannot get permission to operate in the ISM (i.e. TTN) bands from space, so whats the point ?

There was this comment in the FAQ;

“How are frequencies for different ITU regions handled when the satellite is in orbit?”

Originally there was no plan to handle or adjust frequencies to match the different ITU regions. However, we have since had communication from several organisations, including TTN, requesting that this be included. We are considering the possibility to include a GPS module and make frequency modifications to respect ITU & TTN.

So in other words; no particular interest in legal operation.

Cannot contact the originator of the Kickstarter project, and you have to back it to add comments.

You could report the project to kickstarter. Sounds harsh but we need to consider the implications of hardware in space ‘polluting’ the ISM bands by not adhering to the standards. Rogue nodes on earth (and there are plenty nodes not adhering to legal standards due to faulty software) have limited impact. The same behavior in space would be a totally different situation.

Could be an idea.

The entire FAQ steers away from the legalities and as they probably already know normal (cheap) GPSs dont work at that altitude or speed.

Lots of stuff, diferent kits etc, for sale.

Technically it looks dubious too and very little detail provided before you spend your money. With solar panels on only one side you need some form of storage as satellites tend to spin and roll, so the solar panels (very small) are not always pointing at the sun.

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I’ve looked at the project and while I understand some people will be drawn to put something in space for the kick of doing it, I personally feel we humans have put plenty of pollution there already. It seems we aren’t learning from our mistakes and after oceans and mountain peaks we are now going for the next ‘space’ to pollute with all kinds of debris.

May-be I should start voting green now I’m getting older :wink: Too bad voting for the next euro parliament was a couple of days ago…


You actually can. I did*, through the faq section, and that’s how my question (that you quoted) got into the faq. I asked a battery of questions, and got replies by the originator. (7 of the 26 faq entries are from me.)

However, I agree that the legal and “spectrum polluting” questions are a concern.

I would like a project like this to succeed, and they claim making good progress with FCC approval, but I don’t see how adhering to regulations will be possible.

Full disclosure: I have backed the project. This might make my opinion biased.

*before becoming a backer


They claim that they think they will get FCC approval, nothing more. This is very different to getting it.

Cant see how FCC has the power to ‘permit’ satellites to breach the ITU ISM band use rules.

I also just dont understand how a spinning, rotating, plate with a solar panel on one side only will ever have enough power for long enough to boot up and get a TTN packet away.

For anyone following this thread, this is what the originator claims regarding FCC

At the moment our estimate is 100% that FCC will approve. We have all greens with their traffic light criteria and no issues to report.