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Postgraduate plug-n-play cubesat manufacturers ship their first product

The company for cheaply mass-producing cubesats and their components — formed by two brothers while attending college last year — has shipped its first product.

RadioBro, the company founded by Mark and Eric Becnel, reached its first product milestone with a mini-satellite communications transceiver. “We prototyped it in June and did a production run,” says Mark Becnel, company president, who is also finishing up his aerospace engineering master’s degree at UAH. His brother, Eric, who is RadioBro vice president and chief engineer, graduated in 2013. “We accomplished some pre-sales and then did a full run of 100 units,” Becnel says. The MiniSatCom is offered in a variety of kits.

They now are developing a cubesat core that

will save cubesat developers the six months to two years of development time that’s normally required to make a disparate stack of various products work together to serve the same function, Becnel says. If the cubesat is built to generally accepted standards, the core will be plug and play, he says.

These guys have the right idea for space development. Instead of looking for jobs with other companies or NASA, they found a need in the aerospace industry and are filling it, cheaply and efficiently and thus saving everybody time and money. The result: They make money themselves selling their product.

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3 comments

  • Blair Ivey

    1957: First artifcial satellite launched. It takes the resources of a large industrial power to accomplish.

    2014: Two twenty-something private citizens mass-produce artificial satellites.

    Breathtaking.

  • wodun

    I like how you put that. Thank goodness we have people who like to work in shops and garages.

  • Edward

    Professor Terman (electrical engineering) at Stanford University encouraged many of his graduate students to use their good ideas to start companies, rather than work for other people. So electronic company after electronic company started up in the region until the valley stopped being known as “Valley of the Heart’s Delight” and became known as “Silicon Valley.”

    The innovations and entrepreneurship of these two young men is exactly what is needed to transform the space business from the slow moving industry that it is today to the fast-paced high-tech industry that it should be.

    I am especially glad to read that they are turning their talents to their next product. That’s the way to stay fresh, innovative, and ahead of the competition.

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