In this episode of the SpaceGeeks podcast, Dan Leone talks to Mark Becnel: Co-founder of small space-electronics builder RadioBro. Mark barely waited for the ink on his masters in aerospace engineering to dry before setting up shop in the corn fields outside Huntsville, Alabama.

To be clear, both the company and the electronics are small.

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RadioBro’s YouTube channel.

The official RadioBro site.

ChargerSAt-1 on Facebook. The Becnel twins worked on the bird while still at UAH. It went up Nov. 19, 2013, on a Minotaur 1 from Wallops Island, Virginia, as part of the Air Force’s ORS-3 mission. Sadly, ChargerSat-1 was never heard from again — but the experience of building it on a shoestring budget convinced the Becnels they could do stuff like that for a living after graduation.

Dan Leone is a SpaceNews staff writer, covering NASA, NOAA and a growing number of entrepreneurial space companies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public communications from the American University in Washington.