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Space exploration has been a fascinating subject for scientists as well as novices alike since times immemorial. For countless centuries, individuals have dreamt about leaving the confines of Earth and traveling beyond to other worlds.

There have been several encouraging discoveries in recent years that have enabled humans to understand the outer space significantly better. We have gone from absolutely no information about the other planet to actually indulge in space mining to find useful resources in space that can benefit humanity on the planet Earth.

A piece of news in 2016 about a collection of small satellites came up as a possible revolution in space exploration. Putting large objects or satellites into the orbit is an expensive affair.

This is precisely why several space missions have previously shifted from satellites weighing anywhere between 6000-16,000 pounds to smaller platforms that are as tiny as a baby’s fist. It is in this context that an assistant professor of astronautics and aeronautics at Stanford named Simone D’Amico intended to enhance the functionality and handiness of these tiny satellites.

The idea behind developing these relative navigation technologies was to make satellites fly in swarms or larger aggregations relative to one another.

Nanosats are the wave of future.  To read more, click here.


Category: Science