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SPHERES Flying Circles Around Ordinary Satellites
2014-02-17 11:58:45

[ Watch The Video: The ISS SPHERES Facility ] Laura Niles - NASA These are, in fact, the droids that NASA and its research partners are looking for. Inspired by a floating droid battling Luke Skywalker in the film Star Wars, the free-flying satellites known as Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying aboard the International Space Station since Expedition 8 in 2003. Although there have been numerous SPHERES investigations...

2013-11-19 23:00:32

The first New England college to launch a CubeSat, Vermont Tech takes an important step for space exploration. Randolph, Vt. (PRWEB) November 19, 2013 Today, Vermont Tech is proud to announce that a small satellite built and programmed at the college has been launched into space. The first college in New England to launch a cube satellite, Vermont Tech’s Lunar Lander CubeSat will remain in space for three to five years, testing the navigation components that will eventually be used to...

Giving CubeSats Greater Reach In Space
2013-09-07 04:49:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With personal electronics, smaller is almost always better. The same is becoming true with satellite technology – which is shrinking to about the size of a shoebox. Making space exploration cheaper and more accessible, “CubeSats” and other small satellites can be launched into orbit at a fraction of the weight and cost of traditional satellites. Miniaturization has its limitations, however, such as a satellite’s communication...

Ultra-fast Satellite Computer Inaugurated By University Of Stuttgart
2013-08-05 09:23:57

AlphaGalileo Foundation One of the quickestand most compact satellite computers in the work was inaugurated today at the University of Stuttgart. The computer is the centrepiece of the ultra-modernsmall satellite platform "Flying Laptop", which was developed by students at the Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart with the support of the Baden-Wurttemberg space industry. At the beginning of 2014, the Stuttgart small satellite with three camera systems is to record,...

Hold Me Closer, Tiny Thruster
2012-08-17 13:13:07

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Some MIT engineers have taken the old cliche “Good things come in small packages” to heart, creating a rocket thruster no larger than an American penny or postage stamp. These thrusters, which operate on jets of ion beams, could soon power some of the tiniest satellites in space. These “micro thrusters” were created by Paulo Lozano, an associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT....

2012-08-14 07:49:38

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2013 and 2016. These miniature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. These cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume of about one quart and weigh less than three pounds. Proposed CubeSat investigations must be consistent with NASA's...

CINEMA Nanosatellite Part Of Group Of CubeSats To Go Into Space
2012-08-01 08:33:58

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online University of California, Berkeley students are part of an international team of students that built an 8-pound satellite that will be launched into orbit tomorrow (August 2) along with ten other CubeSats -- a new line of inexpensive, modular nanosatellites. The nanosatellites will accompany a spy satellite aboard an Atlas V rocket being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California. The nanosatellite, called CINEMA...

2012-03-29 22:39:35

An ionic motor for small satellites The first prototype of a new, ultra-compact motor that will allow small satellites to journey beyond Earth's orbit is just making its way out of the EPFL laboratories where it was built. The goal of the micro motor: to drastically reduce the cost of space exploration. Imagine reaching the Moon using just a tenth of a liter of fuel. With their ionic motor, MicroThrust, EPFL scientists and their European partners are making this a reality and ushering...

2011-10-03 09:26:03

Small satellite pioneer Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) plans to jump-start space innovation by combining state-of-the-art avionics with flight proven systems in a low cost 50kg class satellite platform — and for a price tag of around £2m. Adopting a new set of satellite design paradigms, the SSTL-50 microsatellite has a novel dual-mode design with the sole purpose of supporting and stimulating payload and subsystem innovation. One side of the spacecraft will fly the...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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