When most people think of satellites they imagine those giant insectoid crafts with large golden solar panels, like some heavenly dragonfly. I alway think of V'ger from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The new CubSats are the polar opposites. An average cubsat is about 4 inches (10 cm) square, weighs about 2 pounds (1 kg) and is made from more or less off the shelf parts. These mini-monsters are cheaper to deploy, easy to replace and quite effective. This could lead to more competition in the cellular and wireless internet markets. Small startups and nations with less resources stand a chance at making a dent in a field almost completely dominated by large corporations and governments.
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