Song Hojun, a 34-year old university engineering student decided that he was going to design and build his own satellite and launch it into space. After 6 years of research and work, it looks like his dream may soon be coming true. While designing small satellites and launching them is nothing new, this is the first time the endeavor has ever been undertaken by a single individual.
The satellite, dubbed OpenSat, was made from parts that Song bought at local electronics stores and ordered over the internet. He assembled it at home in his basement and the whole project cost less than $500. The finished apparatus weighs just over 2 lbs. and was built complete with a radio that it will use to transmit information on its operation back to Earth.