PocketQube Platforms for Research and Teaching Purposes

Alba Orbital calls for all university academics to join us on our PocketQube journey into space. We offer a valuable solution to the lack of funding in space research by focusing on the miniaturisation of technology, allowing for more to be accomplished with less funds. You can now achieve your first ever satellite mission from as little as 30,000 euro, no matter what your learning objectives may be, for satellite, launch, and the first year of operations.

Our services have been developed in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA). We enable an array of applications for data collection and experimentation with our top quality PocketQube design; from earth observation (EO) to aircraft signalling, by using a variety of different payloads. Not only do these nano-satellite platforms democratise your access to space, but they also improve the depth and quality of your education by providing in-orbit demonstrations, testing, and experimentation. Let’s make your space programme a success.


As world leaders in PocketQube technology, our educational solutions have two purposes:




Are you in need of resources for a brand new research project? PocketQubes primarily support PhD and MSc engineering students in conducting their upcoming research tasks on a timely and cost effective scale. Even if it is your first encounter with a satellite, we can reassure you that the beginning is simple. Alba Orbital has the capacity to design, build and launch your PocketQube within one academic year. As we promise to deliver on time, our short turnaround times ensure that you can stick to strict university deadlines, i.e. dissertation hand-in date. This also allows for the rapid testing of student concepts which minimises error and keeps the research focused. Note that your research objectives are greatly considered given our flexibility in PocketQube size and design. We support student involvement at all stages of the mission - in design, manufacturing, testing, launching, and orbital activity. Examples of possible research activities may involve the deconstruction of a PocketQube and the analysis of its component parts. The conclusions drawn from such experimentation would hopefully improve overall comprehension of a satellite’s internal operations, i.e. data collection, when in orbit. Additionally, this provides a basis on which journal articles and publications can be written, expanding the depth of resources on space education and acting as a useful reference for future research projects.




On the flip side, we also hope that such research findings can be used amongst university lecturers as key examples and areas of discussion in lectures, tutorials, and workshops. As previously stated, PocketQubes are a great alternative to the traditional satellite model and one of the most up-to-date advancements out there. An educational focus on PocketQubes is vital. Future engineers, particularly those interested in a career in space, should be made aware of the logistics behind this spacecraft technology. It combines applied theory with practical applications which enriches the overall learning experience and suits all students’ optimal learning styles. Thanks to PocketQube technology, lecturers can improve the quality of their lessons. With better teaching comes greater innovation towards student’s learning, as they will feel more motivated and inspired to expand their knowledge in their subject field. This naturally boosts your university’s reputation because students should generally perform better in examinations and contribute to a better position in the higher education league tables. High school students are also more likely to apply for further education at universities where courses offer exciting resources for experimentation, i.e. PocketQubes. Make university life easier - use our PocketQube as your next big teaching tool.


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What’s next?

As Alba Orbital is based in Glasgow, we already work closely with three prestigious universities - the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University and Strathclyde University - with whom we aim to strengthen our commercial bonds. We also welcome an international client base. We hope that our PocketQubes can have a global impact on the future of space education. 


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