Cube Satellites prove their scientific power

Two 30-centimetre-long Earth-observing CubeSats were released from the International Space Station in February. Photo: Nature Magazine.

In the hands of America’s brightest undergraduates, cube satellites; milk carton-sized space instruments have found room on recent launches to demonstrate their unique strengths. Mainly cheapness. Satellites can be constructed  and programmed for under $100,000.00 (given a certain amount of student labor) and launched  aboard larger payloads for discounted rates.

 

http://www.nature.com/news/mini-satellites-prove-their-scientific-power-1.15051

 

[caption id="attachment_116" align="alignnone" width="300"]Two 30-centimetre-long Earth-observing CubeSats were released from the International Space Station in February. Photo: Nature Magazine. Two 30-centimetre-long Earth-observing CubeSats were released from the International Space Station in February. Photo: Nature Magazine.[/caption]

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