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Thinking Inside the Box

Global data-relay demands are changing, and Los Alamos’s fleet of tiny CubeSats is rising to the occasion.
November 13, 2015
Thinking Inside the Box

CubeSats are custom designed and masterfully engineered satellites that are small enough to hold in the palm of your hand.

With some out-of-the box thinking, CubeSats have stepped up as reliable, practical, malleable little tools ideal for nontraditional jobs.

When tiny box-shaped satellites, called CubeSats were first invented in the late 1990s, they were seen as cheap, cute, and novel. Over the last five years Los Alamos researchers have shown that these mini satellites are mega useful, especially in terms of time and money.  A thousand times less expensive than traditional satellites, and much quicker to build, Los Alamos’s Prometheus CubeSats have been on orbit for almost two years.

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