One of the nice things about a 6″ diameter rocket is that the diagonal of a ten centimeter square is 5.57″. That means a cubesat can fit inside the rocket. I’m building a payload bay into my nose cone that can hold a 3U cubesat. I made a removable endcap for the nosecone that screws into a ring that’s epoxied into the nose cone.
My plan is to offer a free ride whenever I go out to fly to any educational or non-profit organization that has a cubesat. The rocket will only go up a few thousand feet (up to a few tens of thousands if I complete all of the upgrades on my wish list.) Still it will be a cool experience for students to see their cubesat fly on any rocket, and with the popularity of cubesats there may be a shortage of free rides.
In other news, life intervened and I couldn’t make it out to the launch this month either. That’s still on the to-do list.