The electromagnetic spectrum we can access with current technologies is completely occupied. This means experts have to think of creative ways to meet our rocketing demands for data.
Free space optical communication will allow the same connectivity in space we already have on Earth. And this will provide benefits across a number of sectors.
Artist’s impression of the NanoSail D satellite in orbit with solar sail.
Scientists are hoping to turn tiny spacecraft into starships by coupling them with large solar sails.
Hundreds of CubeSats are now being launched into space each year.
How do you train space engineers? You enable college students to build mini satellites, called CubeSats, launch them into space and help them collect the data.
One of the Vanguard satellites being checked out at Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1958.
When Vanguard 1 – the “grapefruit satellite” – was launched in 1958, its only companions were Explorer 1 and Sputnik 2. Soon it may have thousands of descendants swarming around it.
Impression of one UNSW’s three miniature satellites launched into space this year.
AAP Image/University of NSW
We don’t need another review of Australia’s space industry, we just need a space agency.
An artist’s impression of the UNSW-EC0 cubesat in Earth’s orbit.
Australia’s hoping to take a share of the billion-dollar space industry with the launch of its first totally Australian-built satellites in 15 years.
Tiny CubeSats are ready to be our eyes in the skies.
Earth Background: NASA; HARP Spacecraft: SDL; Montage: Martins, UMBC
As technology advances, tiny satellites no bigger than a loaf of bread have advanced from just proving they work to being big contributors in answering science questions.
CubeSats upon release from the International Space Station.
Just about anyone can get a tiny, cheap satellite into orbit these days. As we consider how to deploy them responsibly, inspiration comes from an amateur community of enthusiasts.
TshepisoSAT, Africa’s first nano-satellite developed by students and staff at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Nano-satellites are small and cool enough to inspire youth to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Not bigger than a loaf of bread.
Earlier this year, the Russian Federal Space Agency received a hand-luggage-sized delivery from the UK. It came with a request to launch the contents aboard a rocket, along with the Russian three-tonne…