Top 10 cool satellite projects

Satellites are, by their very definition, cool

By Michael Cooney, Network World |  Offbeat, satellite, slideshow

Satellites on the cheap
Small, inexpensive cube-shaped satellites could be all the space rage if researchers have their way. The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to SRI International to tackle the first mission of the tiny flying quadrangles known as CubeSats.

CubeSats are tiny satellites with dimensions of 10×10×10 centimeters, weighing a little less than 3 pounds, and typically using commercial off-the-shelf electronic components.

Developed through joint efforts from the California Polytechnic State University and Stanford University, CubeSats are expected to offer a cost-effective way of supporting space weather and atmospheric research, the NSF said.

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