Bringing Space to oregon
OreSat is a 2U CubeSat that will be deployed into low earth orbit (LEO) from the International Space Station (ISS) in early spring 2022. It is the OreSat Project's flagship satellite, with two independent missions that we're extremely excited about.
OreSat was accepted into the 2017 NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI), which gives educational CubeSats a free ride to space. As of Fall 2020, we're currently working with NASA CSLI and NanoRacks on the details of our ride off the planet.
2016 CubeSat Launch Intiative (CSLI) Proposal
Although a lot of the content is outdated, you can find out more about how the OreSat mission started and what are goals are in our NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) proposal.
The OreSat Bus
Every satellite has mission (or "payload") hardware, and then the plain-old-boring hardware that runs the satellite. Like solar panels, and batteries, and radios, and computers. And the physical structure. These are all called the satellite "bus". The OreSat bus is a hand-crafted bus specifically aimed at educational satellites. It's a card-cage design, so teams of students can work independently on different cards, where each card is a subsystem. It's open source, scalable from 1U to 3U, and has lots of other buzzwords associated with it! Find more buzzwords on our technology page!
OreSat Block Diagram
There's a lot we've crammed into our little breadloaf-sized satellite. You can also see the CubeSat Subsystems page for some introduction to the subsystems, and why we need them.