Small satellites: Taking advantage of smartphones and other consumer technologies, tiny satellites are changing the space business
ALTHOUGH widely used, satellites are expensive to build and to launch. That began to change last year. On November 19th Orbital Sciences, an American company, launched a rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It carried 29 satellites aloft and released them into low-Earth orbit, a record for a single mission. Thirty hours later, Kosmotras, a Russian joint-venture, carried 32 satellites into a similar orbit. Then, in January 2014, Orbital Sciences carried 33 satellites up to the International Space Station (ISS), where they were cast off a month later.
Many of these 94 satellites were built in a standard format known as a CubeSat, a 10cm (4 inch) cube weighing 1.3kg (2.9lb) or less. Some comprised units of two or three cubes. After a decade of fits and starts, during which some 75 CubeSats were launched, satellites of this scale and other small satellites are moving from being experimental kit to delivering useful scientific data and commercial services.
In the next five years or so some 1,000 nanosats, as small satellites of 1-10kg are called, are expected to be launched. Some will be smaller than a CubeSat; others bigger and heavier. Some are like a matryoshka doll: the Russian launch included a satellite that launched eight smaller ones, including four PocketQubes (a 5cm cube format). One of these smaller satellites, developed in Peru, released its own tiny bird.
The Latest on: Nano satellites
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The Latest on: Nano satellites
- ISRO Reschedules Launch of Cartosat-3, Nano Satellites to 27 Novon November 21, 2019 at 4:15 am
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday, 21 November said the launch of its earth imaging and mapping satellite Cartosat-3 along with 13 commercial nano satellites from the US, has been ...
- ISRO postpones launch of Cartosat-3, 13 commercial nano satellites to November 27on November 21, 2019 at 1:13 am
The space agency had earlier announced that the launch is tentatively scheduled at 09:28 hrs IST on November 25, subject to weather conditions. The launch of its earth imaging and mapping satellite ...
- ISRO reschedules launch of Cartosat-3, 13 commercial nano Satellites to Nov 27on November 21, 2019 at 1:11 am
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday said the launch of its earth imaging and mapping satellite Cartosat-3 along with 13 commercial nano satellites from the US, has been rescheduled ...
- ISRO Postpones Launch Of India’s Cartosat-3 Satellite And 13 Nano-Satellites From US To 27 Novemberon November 20, 2019 at 11:17 pm
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has postponed the launch of PSLV-C47 carrying Cartosat-3 and 13 other nano-satellites from US scheduled on 25 November, 2019 at 9.28 am to 27 November, 2019.
- Small Satellite Market 2019| Analysis, Revenue, Price, Market Share, Growth Rate, Forecast to 2025 | Market Research Engineon November 19, 2019 at 11:00 pm
Based on technology segmentation it covers Mini-Satellite, Micro-Satellite, Nano-Satellite, Pico-Satellite, Femto-Satellite; and based on end user/application it covers Commercial Organizations, ...
- ISRO to launch Cartosat-3, 13 commercial nano satellites from USon November 19, 2019 at 2:59 am
Cartosat-3 is an advanced, high-resolution earth observation and imaging satellite. The 13 commercial nano satellites are from the United States. The Cartosat-3 satellite is a third-generation agile ...
- NASA adds five companies, including Blue Origin and SpaceX, to moon delivery liston November 19, 2019 at 12:54 am
So is Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which is offering its Starship super-rocket for lunar trips. Sierra Nevada Corp., Ceres Robotics and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems round out today’s list, joining nine other ...
- ISRO to launch Cartosat-3, 13 commercial nano satellites on Nov 25on November 19, 2019 at 12:03 am
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) would launch its earth imaging and mapping satellite Cartosat-3 along with 13 commercial nano satellites from the US, on November 25, the space agency said.
- 'Sensing the Earth': Nano-satellites swarm to boost disaster readinesson November 18, 2019 at 11:03 pm
Spire, a US-based builder and operator of these satellites, picks up radio signals from every aircraft in the sky and ship plying the seas. Peter Platzer, chief executive of Spire, says his company's ...
- ISRO to launch multiple satellites again! Cartosat-3 launch date announcedon November 18, 2019 at 10:37 pm
The Indian Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch Cartosat-3 satellite and 13 American commercial nano satellites on November 25th. The satellite Cartosat-3 is an Earth imaging and ...
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