Jonathan Oxer


Designer of satellite payload electronics, author of “Practical Arduino” & “Ubuntu Hacks”

Jon has been hacking on both hardware and software since he was a little tacker. Most recently he’s been focusing more on the Open Hardware side, co-founding Freetronics after organising the first Arduino Miniconf at 2010. His books include “Ubuntu Hacks, “Practical Arduino”, and “How To Build A Website And Stay Sane”. His Open Hardware projects include ArduPhone, the Arduino-based open cellphone, and the tiny LeoStick which is an Arduino-compatible board the size of a memory stick. His hardware is used by tens of thousands of hobbyists around the world and by companies including Weta Digital, Boston Dynamics, and the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation, and has even flown in space.

Jon has been referred to as Australia’s geekiest man by the Sydney Morning Herald, and jokingly calls himself a cyborg-in-progress. As part of his “SuperHouse” home automation project, Jon has taken keyless entry to an all new level by surgically implanting an RFID chip in his own arm.

Recently he has been working on ArduSat, a satellite that aims to give hobbyists, students and space enthusiasts an opportunity to design and run their own experiments in space. By choosing a standardised platform based on the hugely popular Arduino hardware design, ArduSat allows anyone to develop and prototype experiments at home using readily accessible parts and all based on a simple open source software environment.

YOW! Connected 2014 Melbourne

ArduSat: Open Source In Orbit


Running an experiment in space usually requires custom hardware to be launched into orbit at enormous cost. ArduSat is a project designed to change that, by maintaining a fleet of general purpose experimental satellites in orbit and allowing anyone with an interest in space science to design and run their own experiments right from their computer. The first three ArduSat satellites have already been launched and many more are on the way. Jonathan Oxer designed the general purpose experiment module called the Payload Processor Module that was launched into orbit in ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X, allowing anyone from hobbyists and school students to professional researchers to run their own experiments in space. In this talk he’ll explain the background of the ArduSat project, the CubeSat satellite architecture, how satellites get into orbit, and the operation of the Payload Processor Module, showing how you can run your very own experiments in orbit.