ESTCube as a Case of Commons-Based Technology in the Digital Era
* Master's Thesis: Lucas Barreiro Lemos. COMMONS-BASED TECHNOLOGY IN THE DIGITAL ERA: THE CASE OF ESTCUBE. TALLINN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, 2019
Lucas Barreiro Lemos:
"CubeSats have no commanders or crew; they are not piloted but programmed to perform specific in-orbit tasks. ESTCube initiative was started by a generation that has grown up in the Soviet Union, and ESTCube-1 was partially conceived like a spacecraft crew-like mission, composed by commanders, officers and experts of different shorts. The imaginary and narrative of the project shifted as a younger new generation took over the leadership roles during ESTCube-2 development, leaving the soviet union space program references behind them. What are the core values of this community of young practitioners, amateurs, students and space enthusiasts? We will explore ESTCube values through three main areas: hackerspace and CBPP values; open communication; hands-on education."
"With the rise of digital manufacturing, Commons-Based Peer Production (CBPP) practices are moving from distributed production of digital information into the realm of material production. ESTCube, a CubeSat Estonian grassroots initiative, represents an emergent case of Design Global Manufacture Local (DGML), which is a new productive model that merges CBPP with digital manufacturing, proposing a blueprint for CBPP practices in physical manufacturing. Three points support our conclusion: ESTCube represents an in-progress extreme case of Open Source Hardware (OSH) innovation practice; a critical case of CBPP in digital manufacturing, presenting the main features of hackerspaces/makerspaces; moreover, ESTCube's global organization also resembles CBPP ecosystems in the realm of digital manufacturing."