Is It Possible To Create And Launch Your Own Satellite?
Song Hojun's DIY satellite can be developed, launched and operated at a reasonable cost.
Satellite engineer Song Hojun has developed a DIY personal satellite that can be launched and operated at a reasonable cost. Hojun’s Open Source Satellite Initiative makes it possible for regular people to develop and eventually launch their own satellites. He gave a presentation demonstrating his satellite at the Machine Project last week.
Song Hojun has also written a book, DIY Satellite, which can be downloaded from Google Books.
Reading through Hojun’s book, it seems as if most of the supplies needed to build a satellite are readily available, and not overly expensive. The real costs show up in piggybacking the device up into space along with an official space mission.