To explore the Solar System, NASA picks 10 smallsat missions

Posted on:28 Mar 2017 11:05:01
To explore the Solar System, NASA picks 10 smallsat missions
28 March 2017 Current Affairs: NASA has selected ten studies under the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program, to develop mission concepts using small satellites to investigate Venus, Earth’s moon, asteroids, Mars and the outer planets.

For these studies, small satellites are defined as less than 180 kilograms in mass (about 400 pounds).

CubeSats are built to standard specifications of 1 unit (U), which is equal to 10x10x10 centimeters (about 4x4x4 inches). They often are launched into orbit as auxiliary payloads, significantly reducing costs.

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