Low-Priced, Tiny Chip Sats Can Make Space Launch Cheaper

Low-Priced, Tiny Chip Sats Can Make Space Launch Cheaper

Published: 23-Oct-2020 | Published By: Market Research Store

The Cornell University’s PhD student Zac Manchester had imagined about developing chip-scale satellites that could possibly work collectively to investigate Earth as well as space. Similarly, NASA Ames Research Center announced the successful arrangement of the world’s first-ever bevy of ChipSats. According to Manchester, this is going to prove to be a PC-like revolution for space. The swarm of tiny, cheap satellites could potentially carry out tasks that the massive, expensive satellites do and make it possible for anybody to have their instruments or experiments launched into the orbit. Manchester’s team has been able to launch 105 ChipSats into low-Earth orbit and they detected the signals from the very next day itself; thus, proving their operating ability as a team.
ChipSat is a complete circuit board in itself. It consists of $100 chip which use solar cells to charge its essential systems including microcontroller, radio, and sensors that help each device to find and connect with its peers. In the future, ChipSats could have electronics designed for particular missions. They could be deployed to study animal migrations, weather patterns, or other terrestrial occurrences. There are possibilities that even the mapping of surface features, asteroid, and other planetary body composition is all possible. As launching is the costliest fair for space exploration missions, the researchers are trying to create a light and cheap satellite platform.
The ChipSats were built to enter the low Earth orbit and take the next step into the miniaturization of satellite technology. Sputnik launched in 1957 was the source of inspiration for many space firms to have satellites launched into the orbit for civilian and military purposes. Moreover, Stanford and the California Polytechnic State University launched 4- inch CubeStat in 1999 was a huge success. Such small scientific mission became a goal for NASA to develop even lighter, smaller, and cost-effective missions.
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