The NASA missions will use CubeSats similar to Montana State University's Explorer-1 [Prime] CubeSat (Image: Montana State University, Space Science and Engineering Laboratory)
Having landed the car-sized Curiosity rover on Mars, NASA is looking in the other direction with its Small Spacecraft Technology Program. Dedicated to improving small satellite technology, the program recently awarded contracts to three teams working in the areas of communications, formation flying and docking. The tricky bit is that the satellites they’re working with are only four inches (10.16 cm) tall.
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