Soon, Send Own Satellites to Space!
Washington: Conducting space missions may soon be wit hi n you r g ra sp a s scientists, i ncludi ng one of I ndia n- ori g i n, a r e de - veloping a tiny spacecraft that may allow hobbyists to launch space probes at radically cheaper costs.
T he s p a c e c r a f t , c a l l e d Su nCube FemtoSat, i s a 3cm cube being developed by Jekan Thanga, assistant professor at Arizona State University, and a team of undergraduate students including Aman Chandra. Thanga envisions a “constellation of spacecraft” — a swarm of them could inspect damaged spacecraft from many angles, for example. Launch and launch-integration costs currently run into $ 6 0,0 0 0 -70,0 0 0 per kg. “These high costs put out of reach most educational institutions and individuals from the ability to build and launch their own spacecraft,” researchers said. T he c o s t o f l au nch i n g SunCube FemtoSat will be $1,000togototheInternational Space Station or $ 3,000 for flight into low-Earth orbit.