Each kit contains enough equipment to run three simultaneous activities. We picked these parts based on price and availability to make the program as accessible as possible. The same activities can also be adapted to work with other parts (in particular other microcontrollers, such as Arduino or Micro:Bit hardware).
If you’d like to source a kit for yourself, you can grab the components listed in the bill of materials, or order the entire project from Mouser Electronics. If you have any questions about sourcing parts, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your cubesat bus
The bus is the part of the spacecraft that everything else sits in, including the payload, which is the part of the spacecraft that actually does the mission. Binar uses a 10x10x10cm 1U bus, with a core that contains everything the spacecraft needs to run (like power and a computer) as well as a structure for the core and the payload to sit in.
For our mission, we’re using a cardboard cubesat as the bus, and the breadboard from our kit as the core. Before you start, you’ll need to cut out and assemble your spacecraft bus using the printable template and fold it according to the instructions below.