Frequently Asked Questions

Space and Satellite Questions

Your most frequently asked satellite and space questions.

Your AmbaSat-1 Space Satellite will deploy into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) at an altitude of about 300km and remain in space for about ONE month.

Once you've completed assembling and programming your AmbaSat-1, you will return it back to us and we'll take care of the rocket installation.

Every AmbaSat comes with its own 'Dashboard'. This is a web application that allows you to see all your satellite's telemetry data in one place.

Your satellite’s orbit will gradually decay over a period of time. Eventually it will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere where it will burn up. No space debris is left in orbit.

No, your AmbaSat will not cause any space debris. After a period of time, its orbit will decay and eventually will re-enter earth’s atmosphere where it will burn up

Usual LEO orbital velocity is around 7.8 km/s (28,080 km/h). Equatorial low Earth orbits (ELEO) are about 17,500 mph.

A radio license is NOT needed to receive signals from your satellite. AmbaSat uses LoRaWAN and The Things Network to communicate telemetry information.

Yes. LEO temperatures range from –170°C to 123°C so your satellite will experience these ranges. However, it will be spinning and in and out of sunlight so this will even out the heat distribution to a functioning level, except when in darkness.

The AmbaSat mainboard which is populated with components – MCU, transceiver, voltage regulator, resistors, etc. Your chosen sensor. FTDI (USB to serial) programmer
Full AmbaSat Dashboard Access (for testing, launch day, data receipt). Sample programming code, templates, libraries. Online support + community help (via the Dashboard).

Yes, your satellite will work just as well on earth. There are over twenty thousand Things Network Gateways spread around the globe which are capable of receiving data from your satellite.

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. CubeSats are built to standard dimensions (Units or “U”) of 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm. They can be 1U, 2U, 3U, or 6U in size, and typically weigh less than 1.33 kg (3 lbs) per U. NASA’s CubeSats are deployed from a Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer, or P-POD.

Education Questions

Your most frequently asked educational questions

In 10 sessions, the AmbaSat course introduces students to the world of space engineering and exploration. Students will become familiar with the history of satellites, understand the basic principles of rockets, learn about engineering and electronic components, gain hands-on experience in soldering and assembling their own satellite, learn about sensors, software coding and cover the fundamentals of environmental research, collaboration and teamwork. With study topics reaching right across the curriculum, the AmbaSat course brings the STEM learning journey to life in a practical and enjoyable space journey.

The course is for students aged 12 years and above and is designed to nurture creativity, stimulate growth in learning and encourage students to think outside the box.

AmbaSat’s objective is to inspire students to study and enjoy STEM subjects in preparation for a career in space and other high technology industries such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The course consists of 10 lessons. Each lesson lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Lessons are a combination of theoretical and practical. Some lessons are student-led. Skills covered include coding, engineering, project management, data analysis, electronics, collaboration, problem-solving, production, design, testing and more.

The AmbaSat course comes with everything needed to deliver the 10-lesson course, including comprehensive tutor lesson plans with guides to activities and tasks for each lesson.

  • AmbaSat-1 Satellite Kit
  • Tutor lesson plans for each lesson
  • Study booklet: Student booklet for each lesson
  • Online learning videos with practical examples (soldering, coding, assembly)
  • Online coding examples, code templates & downloads


The AmbaSat course covers a wide range of topics and applications which reach right across the curriculum, from coding to soldering, research to teamwork, analytics to engineering. Students can apply their new AmbaSat knowledge and expertise to the big new environmental challenges, those which humans will face as we accelerate our space exploration capabilities towards destinations such as the Moon and Mars and eventually the transition to a multi-planetary species.

There are a number of course options available. Usually, 20 students take part in the course, with each student receiving their own AmbaSat Satellite Kit. Other student numbers and combinations are available, including additional rocket launch slots. 

Each package includes satellite kits, course materials, tutor lesson plans, student lesson books, online resources & videos. 

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