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SparkFun and Taking the High Road - Space Travel!

SparkFun and Taking the High Road - Space Travel!

The vendors were also great fun to talk to. The small satellite business climate is a mixture of older aerospace companies working to adapt to this new market, and new, small companies trying to turn former university and hobbyist work into a going concern (sound familiar?) Instead of everything being custom-made as it was in the past, the standardization of interfaces and especially the CubeSat form factor is leading to SparkFun-style websites where you can add components, subsystems, and even whole satellites to your shopping cart. The prices, which run $10k to $20k for a very minimal spacecraft (and increase quickly from there), are still beyond the range of most individuals, and when told by vendors what their parts cost, Pete exclaimed "you've got to be frakking kidding me!" (or something like that) more than once. These prices are based on a lot of factors: the high ...

Full article: http://www.sparkfun.com/news/939

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