While we believe that making a satellite requires the best in technology and materials, a South Korean artist, Song Hojun, has come up with a way to make satellite from the most useless materials. The artist turned inventor has created the satellite, dubbed OpenSat, from scratch using junk he found in electronic stores in Seoul. Made after six years of work, the OpenSat cost just over $400 to make, with launching costs estimated to be well over $100,000.
The inventor has signed a contract with French satellite company NovaNano, which plans to launch the satellite from a Russian launchpad. Using his engineering background and selling T-shirts and DIY manuals to collect funds for the satellite, the inventor’s recycled satellite weighs about 1kg, and according to Song he wanted the satellite to be “as useless as possible” from a scientific perspective.
The satellite will be used for human to human contact while it orbits in space. The satellite features a collection of LEDs which flash messages in Morse Code. People can make reservations to see their messages beaming in space at certain times. People will be able to see the blinking lights with the naked eye or through a telescope.