• Question: how long does it take to make a satellite ?

    Asked by walshie3 to Lána, Jonathan on 27 Feb 2018.
    • Photo: Lána Salmon

      Lána Salmon answered on 27 Feb 2018:

      Great question. It depends on the size of the satellite! We’re building a CubeSat, and this will take us 3 years from design to launch. It will orbit for 1-2 years. But larger satellites will be many years in the making. Decades even! The usual process involves designing, building prototypes, testing the prototypes, building the real thing and then launching. It doesn’t end there – then you have to operate the satellite in space!