New Space and Tech


By Keith Cowing
April 8, 2013
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N-prize: the world’s smallest space programme

“The N-Prize has been described as ‘the world’s smallest space programme’. Launched in 2008, the N-Prize sets the near-impossible challenge of launching and tracking a tiny orbital satellite on a shoestring budget. “It’s NASA for nuts,” says its founder Dr. Paul H. Dear from Cambridge University. The N-Prize is meant to do for spaceflight what Steve Wozniak did for home computers when he built the first Apple in his garage. Enthusiasts around the world are about to prove that spaceflight doesn’t have to be rocket-science, and that you don’t need a billion dollar budget to launch a satellite, if only a tiny one.”

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