Thu 8 Jul 2010
Source: Sam Coniglio*
Song Hojun: Open Source Satellite
So far, almost all space programs have been led by governments, usually as part of their military programs. Very seldom were these initiatives developed by amateurs. After three years of research and one year of experience as a satellite engineer, Song Hojun has found that it is possible to launch and operate a personal satellite at a fairly reasonable price. In addition, he has for the past five years been exploring ways to integrate the concept of a personal satellite project into cultural contexts and into his artistic practice. All the satellite-related systems (except for the rocket to launch it) are DIY programs — designed so that regular people may also have the chance of developing and eventually launching their own.
Check out this awesome interview. He really gets the merging of art and technology.
Here is the manual he wrote to teach other people (assuming a non-engineer). Not like a NASA manual, more like the art of building a satellite.
Sam Coniglio is photographer, Teacher, Designer, and Vice President of the Space Tourism Society