Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tiny Satellites for Big Science

Tiny Satellites for Big Science: "Tiny Satellites for Big Science
July 12, 2010 by Prachi Patel Tiny Satellites for Big Science

Small satellites such as the commonly used 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm CubeSat are easier and cheaper to put into low-Earth orbit. Credit: Weber State University

The shrinking technology of cell phones, laptops and cameras are now leading to palm-sized satellites. Easy to build and affordable, these small satellites offer a new way to conduct astrobiology research. They also could change the way we explore the universe."