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Space Quarterly Magazine

Smallsats on the Rise

By Marc Boucher
December 17, 2012
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Smallsats on the Rise, Space Quarterly Magazine
“In the last decade, and especially in just the last few years, the pendulum has started to swing back to smaller satellites, at least for some applications. Advances in electronics and the miniaturization of other spacecraft components now make it possible for smaller satellites–weighing from a few hundred kilograms down to as little as a few kilograms–to perform missions that previously required much heavier spacecraft. While there are many applications that will still require large spacecraft, smallsats are carving out a growing share of the market among users in universities, governments, and industry.”
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