This build was inspired by the PICo-satellite for Atmospheric and Space Science Observations (PICASSO) CubeSat*. It was developed by the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy for the European Space Agency.
After scientists discovered a hole in the ozone layer about 20 years ago, global ozone monitoring from spaceborne instruments has increased. PICASSO’s goal is to study the ozone layer in the stratosphere, the air temperature up to the mesosphere, and the electron density and temperature in the ionosphere.
This build is composed of 168 pieces and features deployed solar panels, high frequency antennas, and my interpretation of some of the externally mounted subsystems. The large gold circular plate represents the S-band Patch Antenna used for communication with Earth.
PICASSO was launched as a passenger payload on September 3rd, 2020 and is expected to stay in orbit for approximately 29 months.
*A CubeSat is a miniature satellite