The OreSat project is an expandable, open source CubeSat "bus" (that's the technical junk inside of a satellite) that expands from a 1U to a 3U CubeSat. We currently have three satellites in the works: OreSat0, OreSat0.5, and the original OreSat.
Mid-way through building the 2U OreSat, we built a smaller 1U CubeSat called OreSat0 that launched in March 2022 to low earth orbit. There's no fancy mission here: this is a flight heritage mission to prove that the OreSat bus and our ground stations work.
BEING BUILT FOR Q1 2024 LAUNCH
OreSat0.5 is a 2U CubeSat that will test the attitude determination and control system (ADCS) of the OreSat bus. OreSat0.5 is another flight heritage mission that paves the way for our original OreSat1 satellite.
Originally designed as Oregon's first satellite, OreSat is a 2U CubeSat that's being given a free ride to space by the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) sometime in 2025. We'll be deployed into low earth orbit off of the International Space Station! OreSat has two amazing missions - STEM outreach for the entire state of Oregon, and a climate science mission.
Will there be future OreSats?! We hope so! With NASA's Artemis missions to the moon, low earth orbit is no longer our only possible destination. Keep in touch and find out what our next mission will be!