Col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort for CubeSats

All About Space - - Launch Pad -

Now Bhutan, South Asia, can be added to the ever-grow­ing list of coun­tries to have a satel­lite in space, as the three minia­ture CubeSats were re­cently launched from the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS). Along with Malaysia and the Philip­pines, this trio of satel­lites rep­re­sents the ben­e­fits of in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and the de­sire to ex­plore the harsh­est fron­tier.

Orig­i­nally the ISS was built as a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween the United States, Canada, Ja­pan, Rus­sia and nu­mer­ous Eu­ro­pean coun­tries. Now, 20 years since its launch, the ISS has fur­thered the ef­fort by of­fer­ing the chance for other less-for­tu­nate coun­tries to have a taste of space ex­plo­ration and reap its ben­e­fits.

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