NASA’s Tiny Satellites Start Orbiting Earth This Month

NASA’s Tiny Satellites Start Orbiting Earth This Month

NASA is preparing to launch their first group of small satellites (or smallsats) later this month. The tiny spacecraft occupy much less space than a typical orbiter but still provide a ton on functionaity. Ranging in size from a small shoebox to a small washing machine, these instruments can circle the Earth and record all sorts of scientific data. Needless to say, smallsats are less expensive to build than traditional satellites, and more can be sent on a single launch vessel making them a lot cheaper to deploy. If this mission goes well, NASA has plans to deploy more smallsats in the coming years.

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