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The Open Source Satellite Programme


Presented by Paul Madle Over the last 25 years, the UK has brought positive disruptions to the space industry. The University of Surrey innovated small spacecraft: leveraging Commercial-Off-The-Shelf components that could compete with larger more traditionally designed spacecraft. In the last 7 years, Scottish CubeSats (very small satellites) have grown from academic projects into commercially viable products performing earth observation and other applications. Both of these innovations have brought down costs and made space more accessible to greater numbers of people. KIPSE Space Systems aspires to be a catalyst for the next step-change to the industry by collaboratively designing a new, capable spacecraft platform that is open source, all design being freely accessible through the internet. Paul Madle has 20 years’ experience as a systems/software engineer within the Aerospace, Finance & Web sectors. His code runs on the most critical on board systems for some of the UK’s most significant spacecraft projects. He is very keen to share his knowledge with the next generation of engineers and runs code clubs that have successfully transitioned young people with few qualifications into capable software engineers who now work within the industry.

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