Homemade Satellite


Photo: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Most people don't associate the word "satelitte" with "homemade," but that's exactly what South Korean artist Song Hojun did. He made a $500 homemade satellite by rummaging through back alley electronics stores.

Now, all he needs is a rocket to launch it into orbit:

There's a long history of do-it-yourself satellites being launched by universities and scientific groups around the world, as well as amateur radio clubs, but Song said his is the first truly personal satellite designed and financed by an individual. [...]

The bespectacled Song spent nearly six years combing through academic papers, shopping online at sites that specialize in components that can be used for space projects, and rummaging through electronic stores hidden in the back alleys of Seoul.

Eunhye Shin of Reuters has the story: Link


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Why are they 'back alley' electronic stores? Do they sell illegal stuff or something that you cant get elsewhere that would make this much harder for the average (but smart) Joe to make?
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