The two companies announced that the first selfie camera launched can take high-quality pictures in Low Earth Orbit
The German-based company of Dcubed‘s (Deployables Cubed GmbH), announces that TRL9 is successfully reached. Together with their partner SatRev, satellite designer and manufacturer, their nano release nut nD3RN is now on flight heritage. The company is proud of its milestone of having TRL9 achieve its goal as planned and without any issues.
DcubeD Space Selfie Stick is the first-ever selfie stick launched to Low Earth Orbit. This payload is flying onboard SatRev’s SWIFT satellite launched on January 13th, 2022 from Cape Canaveral on the ‘Dashing Through The Stars’ mission. This innovation consists of a compact 80cm self-unfurling boom, like an extendable arm, with a camera on its extremity. The entire system fits within a convenient 90x90x40mm3 volume, a third of a single CubeSat unit. Moreover, it can be unfurled upon command using the DcubeD nD3PP nano pin-puller actuator to take a selfie-style picture once the satellite is in orbit.
The innovative product allows companies to capture unique promotional images of their satellites in space — proving that they safely reached LEO (Low Earth Orbit). Additionally, it also enables companies to monitor their satellites’ health and troubleshoot an eventual problem without relying solely on onboard sensors. Furthermore, DcubeD also flies a DcubeD nD3RN nano release nut on this mission.
- Most air space companies are afraid of deployable. Having something that moves around orbit requires companies to learn how to flow with it. It is a challenge, and DcubeD is taking it to another level of professionalism in the space industry. We are extremely proud to be part of this project with them and what we already have achieved. It feels exciting for the things to come as there is so much we can do together. We will keep the hard work to develop it even further – says Grzegorz Zwoliński, founder and CEO and founder of SatRev.
- In this industry, it is essential to demonstrate technologies in space. A successful in-orbit demonstration will catapult the TRL of our nano pin puller, nano release nut, as well as our space selfie stick to 9, paving the way for their usage in many more missions and applications in space that require TRL. We are extremely happy about the collaboration with SatRev in getting our products integrated with their satellite, and we can not wait for launch day – says Thomas Sinn, CEO of DcubeD.