FOR KIDS: Supertiny satellites launched
Researchers are building simple, miniature satellites to bring down their costs and expand their availability
Web edition: March 7, 2013
Cordell Grant, an aerospace engineer at the University of Toronto, assembles one of his team’s nanosatellites. These are the smallest space telescopes ever sent into Earth orbit.
Credit: Johannes Hirn (Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto)
You don’t need a big satellite to do big science. Smaller satellites can cost less to make. So even small research teams can rather inexpensively rocket their instruments into orbit. One group has just launched tiny telescopes this way to study stars.
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