On 5th-7th September, the SkyHopper Collaboration held the first workshop, bringing in our partners from around the world to discuss spacecraft and instrument design, refine science goals, and create work plans for progressing the mission. Over the three days of the workshop, we heard a series of presentations and enjoyed productive discussions and brainstorming sessions, resulting in an expansion of the initial cubesat design from a 6U to a 12U cubesat. (A “U” is a standard unit of volume for a cubesat, consisting of a cube approximately 10cm on a side.) This new design will allow us to more effectively gather light while also leaving room for proper cooling of electronic components.
The new design allows for some exciting possibilities. With the extra room, it may be possible to include an additional component from an external group, adding functionality to SkyHopper and bringing in new potential partnerships!