Space Exploration: Micro and Macro
Pocket Spacecraft Scout’s Thin-Film Spacecraft/Lander/Rover technology and our long term vision fascinate people around the world, so when we were asked by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to participate in a radio interview to discuss our ideas we jumped at the opportunity!
You can listen to the interview, first broadcast on the ABC show Future Tense, where they explore the use of this technology in current and future space exploration, as well as discussing the progress of a low earth orbit precursor mission members of the team co-created, here:
Download from ABC or play the audio embedded at the bottom of this page.
As well as looking to the future, we’re often asked how the Pocket Spacecraft Interplanetary CubeSat Mothership (5kg, 30cm x 10cm x 10cm) and Scout’s (<1g, <8cm diameter x 50um) compare with previous space missions. Thanks to the Science Museum, London and our friends at RAL Space, we’ve put together the following series of photographs to show how our Scout compares in size and other features to some other spacecraft, landers and rovers:
Durestos Black Knight Re-entry Head designed to return a small tape recorder from orbit to earth (1950’s) and PocketSpacecraft.com Scout Spacecraft / Lander / Rover designed to operate instruments and transmit data during descent from orbit to earth (2013) - Exploring Space exhibit, Science Museum, London, UK
Replica Apollo Lunar Module, approximately 5.5m x 4.3m x 4.1m, 14700 kg (1969) and PocketSpacecraft.com Scout, approximately 0.08m x 0.08m x 0.00005m, <0.001 kg (2013) - Exploring Space exhibit, Science Museum, London, UK
Replica Huygens (318 kg, 153 minute mission duration, 10W transmitter) atmospheric entry probe / lander sent to Saturn’s moon Titan as part of the Cassini-Huygens mission (1997) and a PocketSpacecraft.com Scout (<1g, 10mW-0.5W transmitter) Spacecraft / Lander / Rover - Exploring Space exhibit, Science Museum, London, UK
Replica Beagle 2 (69kg at launch, 33kg at touchdown, 1m diameter, 0.25m thick, 2 to 128kbit/s data rate, Norcoat-Liege heatshield) Mars Lander (2003) and PocketSpacecraft.com Scout (<1g at launch and touchdown, 8cm diameter, 50um thin, 0.002 to 8bit/s data rate, polyimide substrate) Spacecraft / Lander / Rover - Exploring Space exhibit, Science Museum, London, UK
Mars Rover testbed ‘Rimmer’ (2013) and PocketSpacecraft.com Scout on a robotic trials area used to simulate the surface of Mars (also known as a ‘Mars Yard’)
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A PocketSpacecraft.com Scout admiring a moon rock in the Exploring Space exhibit, Science Museum, London, UK
A PocketSpacecraft.com Scout on a simulated Mars surface in the RAL Space robotic trials area (‘Mars Yard’), Harwell Oxford, UK