This site is about CubeSats and is for everyone interested in designing, building, launching and operating these versatile little spacecraft. The information contained here has been provided by a number of authors, suppliers and academics.

This site is created entirely by contributions from volunteers and further contributions are very welcome. It is hosted on the WordPress.com platform which allows multiple registered contributors to add and update information and for unregistered contributors to make comments.

The CubeSat Cookbook is a JA initiative.

Terms of use

The information on this site is provided ‘as is’ and is used by you at your own risk. The authors of the articles and administrators of this site are not responsible for any use or misuse you make of the information provided here. You must always consult a qualified professional before acting or relying on any information presented here. Remember, your personal safety and the safety of others may be at stake, and the information here is provided by people you do not know, nor do you know anything about their qualifications (or lack of qualifications) to give advice and we make no representation that they are qualified to do so or that the advice they give is any good. Please use your common sense.

If you provide information, images or other media to be displayed on this site, you warrant that you have permission to provide us with these items and that you have the right to give us permission to use them. You give us permission to reproduce the items in any format or medium that we choose for any purpose. We also reserve the right to remove any or all of the information, images or other media you provide at our sole discretion for any reason.

Please note that opinions expressed on this site are those of the individual posters or authors and are not necessarily the opinion of the site.


If you would like to contribute information please leave a comment below with your contact details and we will be in touch. Alternatively, you can contact us by email cubesatcookbook@googlemail.com.

Style guide

As we have multiple contributors and editors, we have this small style guide to try and ensure consistency within the site.

The aim of the site is to provide a trusted, centralised source for technical information about CubeSats. Content should be confined to facts in the main body of pages where ever possible. Opinions should be expressed in the comments section of pages (preferred) or clearly indicated as such in main text.


The standard language and spelling of the site is British English. When copying and pasting text from emails or other sources, they should be inserted by using the WordPress ‘Paste as Plain Text’ option on the extended toolbar when the ‘Show/Hide Kitchen Sink’ option on the right hand end of the standard toolbar is toggled. If you wish to format text afterwards, please use the standard style ‘Paragraph’ and ‘Header 3′, ‘Header 4′ and ‘Header 5′ styles so that if the template of the site is changed, the articles will be formatted correctly. Please avoid using italics and bold. Please use the built in spell checker before publishing.

Posts and Pages

Posts are news items for the front page and should be done only by ja at the moment. They are generally posted as a regular ‘What’s new this week’ and ‘News MONTH YEAR’ items with ad hoc items.

Web page articles should generally be written in the third person when data is complied from multiple sources. If quoting a specific person or quoting substantial amounts from a source, then the source should be identified for copyright reasons. No material (including text, images and videos) should be posted on the site unless written/made by you (and by posting you imply granting rights for it to be used) or unless an email confirming permission to use the item on the web site has been sent to cubesatcookbook@googlemail.com by the rights owner and has been acknowledged as being received by ja. This is very, very important. If there is any doubt, contact ja before posting. When in doubt, do not post.

New pages should be edited as private pages until they are ready to be published. Please spell check all articles before publishing. Please don’t publish half edited pages.


Images should be uploaded via the Media > Add New options with file names in the following format:



YYYYMMDD is the date the file is taken (preferred) or uploaded (e.g. 20100501),

Name is a short description of the item without spaces and with first letters of individual words capitalised (e.g. AntennaBoard),

Author is either the real name (preferred) or WordPress user name of the copyright holder of the file in case it has to be taken down (e.g. JohnSmith) and

Filetype is the file extension, (e.g. jpg, png, pdf).

Please note that for maximum browser compatibility, image files should be either png (preferred), jpg or pdf.

So, for example, a complete file name might be 2010051_AntennaBoard_JohnSmith.png

Images should be uploaded at full resolution (WordPress will resize them on the fly) and should generally be inserted into posts as non-aligned full size images.

Please remember that images must not be posted unless you own the copyright to them and grant permission for them to be published as per our terms and conditions or permission has been emailed to cubesatcookbook@googlemail.com and an editor has acknowledged receipt.

Thank you!

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