AmbaSat-1 is a tiny Space satellite kit that you assemble and code yourself.
It belongs to a new generation of satellites known as SpriteSats, measuring 35 mm square and just a few millimetres thick
Imagine if you could build your very own spacecraft and have it launched into Low Earth Orbit.
Now you can with AmbaSat-1. It’s a Sprite-class Space satellite which comes in a kit that you assemble and code yourself.
Once your satellite kit is assembled and programmed, it will be launched onboard a commercial rocket which will deploy your satellite into Low Earth Orbit, where it will spend up to 3 months in Space.
It will transmit sensor data back to Earth where the signal is received by a network of over five thousand internet-connected LoRaWAN Gateways, forwarding data to your Mission Control Dashboard .
AmbaSats are just a little bigger than the size of a couple of postage stamps but have solar cells, a LoRaWAN radio transceiver, microcontroller (an Arduino compatible ATMEGA 328P-AU), memory, a gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer as well as a range of other sensor options. Making use of The Things Network (TTN), AmbaSats are capable of transmitting data to over five thousand Earth-based TTN receivers (Gateways) which are spread around the whole globe. No specialist radio receiving equipment is required, your data appears over the internet directly to your AmbaSat Dashboard
Your mission is split up into several stages. Once you receive your AmbaSat kit, it’s time to start assembling the parts. If you’ve chosen the full-build option, you will receive the AmbaSat Printed Circuit Board (PCB), microcontroller unit, kit of components, solar cells, etc.
Now you can start assembling all the component parts onto the mainboard. If you’re new to hardware and software, there is a kit option available which contains a full set of tools to get you started, including soldering iron, multi-meter, wire cutters, etc.
If you’ve chosen the partially assembled kit with pre-soldered microcontroller unit, then you will need to assemble the remainder of the parts – capacitors, resistors, gyroscope, sensor, solar panels, etc. – onto the PCB.
If you’ve chosen the pre-assembled kit, then your satellite comes with all components pre-soldered onto the PCB. In that case you can move straight on to fitting your chosen sensor and then begin coding your satellite. Your kit also comes with all the sample source code and instructions to get your satellite up and running.
Once you have a fully assembled AmbaSat, it’s time to break out your coding skills. Don’t worry though, if you’ve never coded before, we’ve included a full step-by-step guide on how to program your satellite. Also included is full example source code plus a range of different code templates which you can copy and modify so that you can get your satellite up and running quickly and doing exactly what you want it to do. See the Coding page HERE full details.
After assembling and coding your satellite, it’s time to test that everything is working. In order to test your completed satellite, you will need to sign-in to your AmbaSat Dashboard. This is where you will see all kinds of data related to your spacecraft, including things like launch date, rocket type and specification, maps and spacecraft tracking details, etc. From the Dashboard you can view and test your satellite’s connectivity with the TTN network. See the AmbaSat Dashboard section below for full details.
After testing and tweaking is complete, you are READY FOR LAUNCH!