Nanosatellites will fly to other planets

05/21/2015
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Nanosatellites will fly to other planets

NASA will send nanosatellites to other planets.

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# nasa
#nanotechnology
#planet
# satellite

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To begin with, the technology will be tested on a prototype prepared by process engineer Jamie Esper of the Goddard Space Flight Center. At Esper s suggestion, the two CubeSats will be combined to create a spacecraft suitable for the mission.

When it goes out into space, one of the CubeSats will perform the function of a service module, which will deliver the satellite to the desired planet. The second CubeSat will become a probe and will be designed in such a way as to withstand the rather rapid descent into the planet s atmosphere.

Probe tests are scheduled for the summer. To do this, the device will be dropped from the stratospheric balloon, after which it must head towards the Earth at a very high speed. If this “launch” is successful, a similar experiment is planned for the second time in 2016 – this time they will be dropped from the ISS. Esper hopes that his endeavors will attract the attention of potential partners who will help him create the service module.

Very small spacecraft are called nanosatellites. So, the CubeSat platform, consisting of modules in the form of a cube with an edge 10 cm long, weighs about 1 kg. The advantage of such satellites is that they are very easy to launch (by adding to the main load of launch vehicles or manually ejected from the ISS or shuttle). This makes nanosatellites a very low cost option for scientific research. True, the lack of a jet engine significantly limits their maneuverability and controllability. So far, CubeSat will be launched into space, mainly with the aim of putting them into Earth s orbit.

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#planet
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