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Bloostar and other SmallSat Launchers Look to Fill a Need

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Bloostar artist concepts.

According to a SpaceWorks study published in 2014, over 2000 nano/micro-satellites under 50 kg will need to be launched by 2020. Several of the companies interested in fulfilling that need presented their ideas at the International Astronautical Congress in Israel, including Zero 2 Infinity launching its new SmallSat launcher called Bloostar.


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CubeSat to Demonstrate Miniature Laser Communications in Orbit

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OCSD CubeSat

NASA and The Aerospace Corporation of El Segundo, California, have received confirmation the Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) CubeSat spacecraft is in orbit and operational.

NASA Smallsat Program Research Opportunities

NASA Smallsat Program Research Opportunities

They say big things come in small packages, and that's evident with the small satellites that are becoming ubiquitous around NASA centers, university labs and even elementary school science classes.


NASA - Lunar IceCube to Take on Big Mission From Small Package

NASA - Lunar IceCube to Take on Big Mission From Small Package

In what scientists say signals a paradigm shift in interplanetary science, NASA has selected a shoebox-size mission to search for water ice and other resources from above the surface of the moon.


Four Spacecraft of ESA's Asteroid Impact Mission to the Didymos Binary Asteroid System

Four Spacecraft of ESA's Asteroid Impact Mission to the Didymos Binary Asteroid System Video in Story

ESA's Asteroid Impact Mission, being studied for a 2022 arrival at the Didymos double asteroid, involves not just one but four spacecraft.


SpinSat Investigation Tests New Technology and Returns Data

SpinSat Investigation Tests New Technology and Returns Data

Equipment and data from the SpinSat investigation returns to Earth today, May 21, 2015, with splashdown of SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft following its release from the International Space Station's robotic arm at 7:04 a.m. EDT.


NASA CubeSat Initiative Aids Solar Sails in Space

NASA CubeSat Initiative Aids Solar Sails in Space

With help from NASA, a small research satellite to test technology for in-space solar propulsion launched into space Wednesday aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, as part of the agency's CubeSat Launch Initiative.


NASA Reaches Out to Universities for Smallsat Technology Collaborations

NASA Reaches Out to Universities for Smallsat Technology Collaborations

NASA is extending an opportunity to college and university teams to propose small spacecraft technology projects that they can conduct in collaboration with NASA researchers.


ESA Is Interested in Cubesats

ESA Is Interested in Cubesats

In parallel with the Proba minisatellite missions, ESA is now also utilising much smaller 'CubeSat' nanosatellites. These are employed for the In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD) of miniaturised technologies and for small payload-driven missions.



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