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The next step
12/11/2015 - 09:14

It has been a while since you’ve all heard from us, but we have been working hard! The last months we have been busy behind the scenes producing the billboard and planning the launch.

As you all know, our original plan was to launch the billboard on board of the Belgian SIMBA CubeSat that is being developed at our university in Leuven, Belgium. Although SpaceBillboard will still support this satellite, our plans have changed due to unforeseen complications and we will not launch the billboard on board of SIMBA.

CubeSat developments at KU Leuven (Part 2)
17/05/2015 - 18:39

In a previous blog post, we explained that we are developing an attitude determination and control system. This is the system that controls the orientation of the CubeSat, so that it's payload - such as a camera e.g. - can be pointed to a point of interest. The special thing about our system is that it will increase the accuracy and agility with which the orientation can typically be controlled. Let us tell you how we do that.

CubeSat developments at KU Leuven
08/05/2015 - 10:38

SpaceBillboard is a project set up by researchers of the KU Leuven university. With the revenue of this project, we will fund the CubeSat research at our university. But what exactly is this research about?

At KU Leuven, the departments of Mechanics and Astronomy are working together on the system that rotates the satellite in the right orientation, called the attitude of the CubeSat. We want to be able to control the orientation of the spacecraft, because we want to point our payload (e.g. a camera) in the right direction.

Praise good causes into the skies
28/04/2015 - 10:22

With Earth Day coming up, we wanted to use our privilege (being able to literally send messages around the world) to help the many non-profit organizations that make the world a better place. We set up a form where people could nominate a good cause and tell them why they appreciate their work. We are the first to admit that the concept sounds very simple, but the result was really cool!

Companies coming to the aid of scientific research
16/04/2015 - 18:59

One of the major advantages of CubeSats is that they are a lot cheaper than traditional satellites. Having said that, the development and launch of a CubeSat is still not something you can pay with the spare change in your pocket. In stead of several hundred million dollars, we are now talking about several hundred thousand dollars. This still is a considerable budget to obtain as a university.