CubeSats fly free after leaving the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer on the Internatio…


CubeSats fly free after leaving the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer on the International Space Station. Seen here are the STMSat-1 and two NODeS satellites. The St. Thomas More (STM) Sat-1 mission is an education mission to provide hands-on, inquiry-based learning activities with an on-orbit mission to photograph the Earth and transmit images to our primary ground station and to remote ground stations throughout the country. The Network & Operation Demonstration Satellite (NODeS) test out the potential for using multiple, small, low-cost satellites to perform complex science missions.

CubeSats are a new, low-cost tool for space science missions. Instead of the traditional space science missions that carry a significant number of custom-built, state-of-the-art instruments, CubeSats are designed to take narrowly targeted scientific observations, with only a few instruments, often built from off-the-shelf components.

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