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Spacemanic

Spacemanic is small satellite mission integrator that is focused on delivering innovative and reliable nanosatellite solutions, platforms and components. The company designs, develops and tests satellite components and CubeSats satellites as a service.

The company is based in Bratislava in Slovak Republic, with two labs equipped for space mission technology design and development, as well as a small testing facility for Nano-satellite mission.

Spacemanic’s first CubeSat, skCUBE was to be launched on the Spaceflight’s Sherpa system with a Falcon 9 rocket operated by SpaceX in the first quarter of 2016, but was rebooked to ISRO’s PSLV-XL launch on June 23rd 2017.


In May 2022 the Planetum-1 CubeSat was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket operated by SpaceX. The satellite was designed by Czech Planetum, a cluster of Prague observatories and planetariums, to teach and popularize astronomy and cosmonautics. Spacemanic was contracted to build the satellite and assist with the operations and launch campaign. 

The control center is situated in the Prague Planetarium and will be open to school excursions as well as to various workshops. The communication with the satellite takes place via radio signals on amateur radio frequencies which allow radioamateurs to receive transmissions and data from the satellite.


Company History

Spacemanic was established in 2014 by Jakub Kapuš as a spin-off company from the Slovak Organization for Space Activities (SOSA), which had successfully designed, developed, launched and operated the 1U skCUBE. Kapuš was one of the founders of SOSA in 2009 and led the organization for 5 years as a chairman. 

On June 23rd, 2017 the company, in collaboration with SOSA, launched its first CubeSat, skCUBE, on a PSLV-XL launcher operated by ISRO from India. The satellite was to be launched on the Spaceflight’s Sherpa system with a Falcon 9 rocket operated by SpaceX in the first quarter of 2016, but was rebooked to ISRO’s PSLV-XL launch due to the long delays.

On the January 13th, 2022, the VZLUSAT-2 Nano-satellite, manufactured by Czech Aerospace Research Centre (VZLÚ) in partnership with Spacemanic, was launched with the D-Orbit ION Satellite Carrier on the SpaceX’ Transporter-3 mission with the Falcon 9 rocket.


On April 1st, 2022 the BDSAT Nano-satellite, built by the Czech company BD Sensors in partnership with the Brno University of Technology, was launched on a SpaceX’ Falcon 9 rocket with their Transporter-4 mission. Spacemanic delivered the CubeSat platform and subsystems (solar panels, power supply unit, on-board computer, UHF/VHF transceiver, lodestone and customized motherboards).

On May 25th, 2022 the Planetum-1 CubeSat was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket operated by SpaceX. The satellite was designed by Planetum, a cluster of Prague observatories and planetariums, to teach and popularize astronomy and cosmonautics. Spacemanic was contracted to build the satellite and assist with the operations and launch campaign. 

SatelliteMissionLaunch DateLauncherLaunch Operator
skCUBEPSLV-C38/CartoSat-2Jun 23rd, 2017PSLV-XLISRO India
VZLUSAT-2Transporter-3Jan 13th, 2022Falcon 9SpaceX USA
BDSAT Transporter-4April 1st, 2022Falcon 9SpaceX USA
Planetum-1Transporter-5May 25th, 2022Falcon 9SpaceX USA


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Resources

www.spacemanic.com
www.linkedin.com/companies/spacemanic
www.spacesolutions.esa.int
www.pitchbook.com 
www.space.skyrocket.de
www.dnb.com
www.bdsat.cz
www.planetum.cz