The Story

Latest Updates

This is what’s going on. If nothing else is stated, updates are written by Per-Erik Atterwall, founder of Beyond Atlas.

Crowdfunding is live!

March 1, 2019 – and the crowdfunding of our first mission is live! The first mission is called “Meeting the Scrap” – because that is wha...

More orders

Now it is signed, stamped and sealed. I have just signed the purchase order for most of the spacecraft bus. It has been intense negotiations with GOM space. Fee...

Success! Support from Swedish National Space Agency

  Great news indeed! The Science team of Beyond Atlas at IRF, Uppsala Universitet and the Naturiska Riksmuseet secured some initial financing for the aster...

YES – First order placed!

Seldom have I been so enthusiastic about spending Money, however, this feels like a tangible step towards the spacecraft we are building. I visited TY-Space aga...

Ericsson visiting the garage

You remember that remarkable piece of hardware, the deep space X-band transponder? Well, part of the team was here today to look at the clean room and our mock-...

Free launch to MEO!!!

When leaving for Europe, Dr. Yu congratulated us on the free launch to MEO. I was unsure what he ment, but apparently CNSA had agreed to support our asteroid mi...

After symposium beer

I must say that this has been a totally terrific symposium. I met so many interesting, fun and smart people. I also met TY space, supporting us with the star tr...

WE WON!!!

The contest: 12 finalists, 15 minutes to present and then 5 for questions. They already have all the documentations we sent in during the summer. Now I feel stu...

China the 1st International Micro Satellite Symposium

Well, I did not tell you, but in the summer I entered our 3U space craft into an International Cubesat Contest. The name of our project “Meeting the Scrap” ...

TV documentary

We were asked to participate in a TV documentary. I do not like participating in media or social media at all so Mathias took it upon himself to talk about our ...

The spacecraft!

Stefan did the 3D printing with a firm of the spacecraft he had CADDED together. Great, totally great. Painted it, and put it all together. It looks fantastic. ...

Clean room finished

Just want to share the garage with you guys. Looks pretty slick. We will make some space history in here!...

Finally, the TEAM!

So we meet! Introducing the garage clean room, the guys can not stop laughing. I have gotten used to the idea, but I can see the humor in building a state of th...

Bremen

And of course ECM. They will launch the 3U test, and we are now looking at their dispenser solution. Looking good, looking very professional....

Filter is here

Big day, big filter. The filter is here… jesus, is this actually going to work? Huge filter for my small garage. Well I guess it cant be to clean. As long as ...

Dr. Yu with friends visiting us

Dr. Yu and his friend from Chinas largest private satellite manufacturer visited. Dr. Yu and I discussed a potential cooperation. There is an idea of establishi...

Let’s turn the garage into a clean room

We need to build the thing somewhere, and I am really tired of begging. So, I am not using the garage for anything else but a dump, so might as well make a clea...

3D printer

So, yea, well, I got a 3D printer. Trying to print the stuff to get a nice mock up. It is not as easy in reality as it is in theory. I like the reaction wheels,...

First mock up

Well, I know it is vacation, however, I so need to get my feel for space. Will all the stuff we need to fit inside the 3U cubesat? My first messing around says ...

Visiting Aalborg and GOM Space

Most of our bus will be Gom Space stuff, so it felt prudent to go down and visit their place in Aalborg. We discussed the Test satellite system layout and in pr...

Presentation Astronomisk ungdom

I have had many presentations regarding our asteroid mission, however, this presentation was one of the most fun so far. Astronomisk ungdom is an organisation f...

Warp and crowdfunding onboard

The good news continnues to roll in. Now Mathias and Warp Institute are going to help us get the word out about our awesome deep space mission. They will help w...

Enpulsion stepping up

Thank you Alexander, thank you David, thank you Enpulsion. Our friends are excited about our test mission. They will provide us with a free thruster if we run s...

Dear team

And yes, there is a team. Robin and Robin are on. Milan as well. Stefan, a senior engineer from Saab offered his services in February, and I will take him up on...

Rebirth!

San Luis Obispo, the Cubesat workshop. I totally love the place. Peter and I rode here in an open cab Mustang from Los Angeles. Meeting old friends, meeting Dr....

Lots of meetings, no financial progress

Finding philanthropist and/or agency support feels very, very hard. No fruitful discussions so far. Investors, showing interest in a potential business idea has...

Testing the EPS

The most critical components (from an efficiency system) of the EPS was mounted on a board and tested. We need that efficiency, not to thermal overload the spac...

Application to Rymdstyrelsen

Application from science team turned in to Rymdstyrelsen. Let’s see… Perhaps we can get some support?...

Empty chairs and empty tables….

The office is empty. Feels slightly sad, however, it is the right decision, no use to burn through the cash we have right now. Meeting with KTH to see if we thr...

Big Advisory meeting

So we decided to halt the operational progress of the project for now. The reasons are both technological and financial. From the technological side we need to ...

Amazing news, Ericsson is on board!

One of our biggest challenges in this project is communication, and finding a deep space transponder that fits our small space craft. The Iris V2 from JPL will ...

Robin in the chamber

Vienna, Enpulsion, hospitality and progress. We visited our friends down in Vienna. Totally impressed with their facilities. The new vacuum chamber in particula...

Meeting with HTL and Addnics in Japan

So, Robin, our AOCS expert met with HTL in Japan. Strange one might think that it is not our communication guy meeting them, but Robin was in Japan on other bus...

Video meeting with HTL

We had a very interesting video meeting with HTL today. They have built this X-band transponder together with JAXA (if I understood correctly) which flew on a s...

Meeting with scientists

Meeting with the astronomers. We really liked to bring a multispectral camera(s). We just need a team to back it up, and do some useful stuff with the data. Ast...

Celebrating with cake

So it all fits, and that calls for a celebration! First office cake, saving champagne for later. We had to throw out a little payload, apparently harness takes ...

Some days are blue

Days like this. As if the technical and economical challenges of going to an asteroid is not enough. Add some administrative, regulatory stuff to the mix and it...

Platform puzzle

Some Hamlet inspired space system engineers, playing with their new puzzle. Quite a task to get the pieces to fit in the box. Golden rule, do not make the box b...

Understanding an asteroid

In an effort to understand what we will encounter when we get to the asteroid I met with the geology and mineralology scientists of Naturhistoriska Museet in St...

Meeting with CNSA

Meeting between CNSA and SNSB (Swedish National Space Board). The reports I get from Australia is that the meeting was very good and that we are making true pro...

Payload meeting

Today we had a very interesting meeting with the payload groups. We plan to bring 2U/2kg of payload. The question is what to bring? Jan-Erik from IRF had put to...

Our piggyback

So this is where the piggyback go. It is tiny, of course, in relation to the launcher, Long March 3B. But there is supposedly room in there, not only for us, bu...

Big, powerful and make a lot of noise.

Rockets, is not that an exceptionally potent part of space exploration. They are big, powerful and make a lot of noise, and above all it is the entry to space a...

Visit to startracker

In the morning vi visited the Tsing Hua University. Again, very impressive, the resources invested in the development of small satellite components. We focused ...

Visiting NWPU

Dr Yu picked us up at the airport at 6.40. A very productive day was arranged at NWPU. We visited the lab and testing facilities of NWPU. It is clear that a lot...

Advisory Meeting

Great to get the input from the advisers. We have presented the project status, and received suggestions, pointers. A lot of it now has changed from technical a...

Grand finale – meeting with CNSA

So, the grand finale, meeting with CNSA. This was the follow up meeting to the meeting in July where we first in depth discussed the subject of cooperation. We ...

Akhsanto is building a model

Akhsanto is building a model of the spacecraft, scale 1:1. I think he did have more challenging tasks in mind when joining the team. Tomorrow he will be free to...

First Monday Meeting

First Monday meeting with the whole team present. Robin, Robin, Krister, Petrus and Akhsanto. Robin is welcoming Jan-Erik, our second visitor to our office. Lot...

Geniuses speculate

Robin and Krister in a very detailed discussion regarding solar panel mechanism stuff. Earlier the same day Robin simulated de-tumbling by sitting spinning in h...

So this is the size…?

How big is our target asteroid? 40 – 120 meter in diameter they say, but what does that mean? In order to gain perspective, I brought my 30 mm wizard to the r...

First visitor

We are used to be the visitors, but now Dr. Xiaozhou from NWPU has visited us for a couple of days. We met our partners OHB, SSC and IRF. Discussions during day...

Our first office

Or more rightly, our first office. There is nothing like the feeling of getting that first office for your project/company. By the grace of OHB Sweden we have a...