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CubeSats Dance: One Water-Powered NASA Spacecraft Commands Another in Orbit

August 6, 2019

On June 21, 2019, NASA demonstrated the first coordinated maneuver between two CubeSats in low-Earth orbit as part…
NASA’s First Image of Mars from a CubeSat

October 23, 2018

NASA’s MarCO mission was designed to find out if briefcase-sized spacecraft called CubeSats could survive the journey to…
NASA’s New Mini Satellite Will Study Milky Way’s Halo

July 19, 2018

Astronomers keep coming up short when they survey “normal” matter, the material that makes up galaxies, stars and…
NASA Begins Checkout of Dellingr Spacecraft Designed to Improve Robustness of CubeSat Platforms

November 29, 2017

NASA ground controllers have begun checking out and commissioning a shoebox-sized spacecraft that the agency purposely built to…
NASA to Test Advanced Space Wireless Network and Device for Returning Small Spacecraft to Earth

November 25, 2017

NASA launched the Technology Educational Satellite, or TechEdSat-6, to the International Space Station on Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft…
NASA Technologist Develops Self-Calibrating, Hybrid Space Magnetometer

August 25, 2017

They’ve flown on high-profile interplanetary and more modest low-Earth-orbiting missions, but in all cases the ubiquitous fluxgate magnetometers…
NASA Studies Tethered CubeSat Mission to Study Lunar Swirls

August 9, 2017

A novel mission concept involving two CubeSats connected by a thin, miles-long tether could help scientists understand how the Moon…
NASA Team Pursues Blobs and Bubbles with New PetitSat Mission

May 10, 2017

Figuring out how plasma bubbles and blobs affect one another and ultimately the transmission of communications, GPS, and…
NASA Parachute Device Could Return Small Spacecraft from Deep Space Missions

March 8, 2017

After a two-month stay aboard the International Space Station, NASA’s Technology Educational Satellite (TechEdSat-5) that launched Dec. 9,…
Vega flight opportunity for multiple small satellites

February 25, 2017

Europe’s Vega small launcher is set to demonstrate its extended capability to deploy multiple light satellites using its…
CubeSats: Shaping Possibilities in Space

February 23, 2017

For more than a decade, CubeSats, or small satellites, have paved the way to low-Earth orbit for commercial…
Next Generation Batteries Could Provide Power to Microsatellites, CubeSats

February 11, 2017

Sometimes good things come in very small packages. Just ask Dr. Luke Roberson, senior principal investigator for Flight…
NASA’s Exo-Brake ‘Parachute’ to Enable Safe Return for Small Spacecraft

December 15, 2016

NASA’s “Exo-Brake” will demonstrate a critical technology leading to the potential return of science payloads to Earth from the…
NASA Set to Launch New Fleet of Hurricane-Tracking Small Satellites

November 11, 2016

NASA is set to launch its first Earth science small satellite constellation, which will help improve hurricane intensity,…
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