This is Alén Space's blog for small satellites and space content. If you want to put your business idea in space and you are interested in the functionalities and potentials of nanosatellites and microsatellites, this is your place.
One thing is clear. If you are going to put a small satellite into orbit, you need an on-board computer (OBC). In the same way that you can't drive a car without an engine, an OBC is a must for any CubeSat mission.
The correct coordination and management of a small satellite constellation is the key to its success. It is not necessary to think about mega-projects like Starlink, the SpaceX communications constellation that expects to have up to 42,000 satellites, since even in smaller missions there are some common challenges.
Innovation forms an integral part of the DNA of the space industry. In the New Space age, every year new advances and discoveries arise that open up opportunities of all kinds for governments and companies of different sizes and sectors.
Bigger doesn’t always mean better. When we talk about businesses in space, it is important not to become obsessed with size, because the advantages of CubeSats over conventional satellites can also be considerable, depending on the type of project.
When we talk about small satellite applications, we are basically answering this question: What are they for? It may seem like a simple and straightforward question, but books on the subject could be written.
When we talk about the New Space age, every second counts. If a few decades ago there was talk of the “space race” between the United States and the Soviet Union, today there has been no change in the need to be the first... or to reach space earlier than the competition.