Demystifying Rocket Science
Getting a satellite into orbit might require rocket science, but a Berlin-based startup aims to demystify and simplify the process – and make it a lot cheaper. Founded in 2014 as a spin-off of the Technical University of Berlin, German Orbital Systems (GOS) is the country’s first company to focus on mini-satellites in standardized sizes called “CubeSats.” As part of its “turnkey satellite mission” packets, it offers not only the equipment but it also takes care of the launch segment by purchasing space on Russian Soyuz rockets via its sister company, ECM Launch Services. And to keep costs low for its customers, GOS also manufactures microsatellite components that are compatible with other systems and in other configurations, as well as ground station equipment to receive transmissions.
CubeSats in space © ESA