Summary #1196

How small satellites are radically remaking space exploration

arstechnica.com
  • It used to take decades, and billions of $s, for NASA to plan and organize discovery missions - now it might take a few years, and tens of millions of $s.
  • Satellite parts are being miniaturized, and new types of rockets for small satellites have lowered the costs of launching (~$10 million).
  • MarCO, a NASA mission that sent two small satellites towards Mars, has already proven that these devices are capable of great things.
  • This new way of exploring space may enable scientists in small countries, like Poland, to organize discovery missions without having to partner with bigger projects.
  • Whereas NASA is becoming open to accept failures in smaller missions, and adopting an agile, startup-like mindset, which was not an option in the past.

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