Rocket Launch

How will my satellite get into space?

Your AmbaSat-1 satellite will travel into space inside a CubeSat, which is mounted onboard a NEPTUNE rocket from Interorbital Systems.

The AmbaSat Deployer

Your AmbaSat-1 satellite will travel into space inside the AmbaSat Launcher. This is known as a  “3U CubeSat” container measuring 10cm x 10cm x 32cm.

The AmbaSat Launcher is secured inside the payload area of the launch rocket and contains spring-loaded stacks of up to 200 AmbaSats.

On reaching Low Earth Orbit (about 250km above Earth), a radio transmission will be sent from our ground station with the command to release the AmbaSats into space, where they will become free-flying spacecraft.

Your satellite will then power itself using its bank of solar cells and you will start to receive data to your AmbaSat Dashboard.

Congratulations, you now belong to a very exclusive group of makers! You have your very own satellite, live in Space and sending data back to Earth over a network of 5000+ TTN “ground stations”.

Which rocket company will launch my satellite?

We’ve chosen Interorbital Systems as our rocket launch partner.

Interorbital Systems (IOS) is a rocket, satellite and spacecraft manufacturing company and they also provide a full launch-service for third-parties.

Their innovative modular launch vehicle, the NEPTUNE, will provide your AmbaSat-1 with the world’s lowest-cost access to space. Interorbital Systems deliver reliable and affordable space-launch solutions.

Pre-Launch Testing

Two months before launch date, you will need to return your completed and tested spacecraft back to our labs where it will undergo extensive pre-launch testing. We will perform compliance tests to make sure that your satellite conforms to space flight requirements, followed by a two-week soak-test to make sure all of your hard work can stand up to prolonged space flight.

Finally, we will carry out a full vibration test before shipping to the cleanroom labs at Interorbital Systems where your satellite will be mounted into a deployer CubeSat. Once all satellites are mounted into the CubeSat, this will be loaded into the rocket’s NEPTUNE payload capsule ready for launch.

Launch Day!

Login, lock-on and get ready for the show!

On launch day you will receive an email notification at T minus 2 hours prior to rocket launch. You should log-in to your AmbaSat Dashboard (see below) where you will see a LIVE video stream from the rocket launch site. Countdown will start two hours before launch. You can also interact with your fellow satellite makers using the built-in Dashboard messaging system.

Mission Control should also be able to provide us with additional feeds from NEPTUNE’s onboard camera where we can follow the LIVE rocket ascent into LEO.

When NEPTUNE reaches LEO (approximately 250km from Earth), the CubeSat container will be deployed from NEPTUNE’s payload capsule into an Equatorial orbit. This orbit gives your AmbaSat spacecraft the best possible communications capabilities.

After a successful launch and deployment confirmation from InterOrbital Systems Mission Control, we will issue the command to release the AmbaSats from their CubeSat container.

Deployment in Low Earth Orbit

Once your AmbaSat satellite is released from the CubeSat container, it will power-up and begin sending data back to your Dashboard via The Things Network of Gateways.

Your satellite is finally in space! You have control!