At present the world is living two strong trends in space, on the one hand we have the competition for the creation of reusable rockets , which will serve to reduce costs and provide access to new scientific projects, while on the other it is the space race to see who is the first agency to arrive and conquer Mars . But behind all this, we can find many projects that seek to be "the next big spatial trend", and today we will know the case of miniature satellites .
The reduction in the size of the satellites has been an approach that appears from time to time throughout the world, because as is currently the case with technology, the trend toward miniaturization is something present in various fields, but curiously not in space where they are still sent large satellites , equipped with a large number of components to perform all sorts of tasks and also have backup systems, because if something goes wrong up there no one can help repair it . But this could change soon.
As part of a research project, students from Arizona State University have developed what could be the next generation of miniature satellites . Today there are several companies trying to manufacture these devices, but the first prototypes have not been very successful, hence the importance of this new project is called 'SunCube FemtoSat' and consists of a small cube of just three centimeters, 35 grams and solar panels for energy supply , you will be able to add components for communications, data collection by sensors or other components . Its manufacturing base has been recycled parts and scrap metal, so its cost could barely above $ 200, this without additional components inside.
According to NASA, to send a satellite through its program of space transportation we represent a cost of approximately $ 60,000 per kilo, so send this small satellite barely exceed 1000 dollars , a significant reduction in cost and could give access to hundreds of new projects, both personal and scientific.
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