CubeSats launched from the International Space Station on 2012 October 4.
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By Ashlee Vance
The only thing cooler than a tiny, cheap satellite is a fleet of tiny, cheap satellites. Or so figure three former NASA scientists who have just unveiled their new company called Planet Labs.
To date, NASA and a handful of researchers have tossed up a CubeSat here and there to see how they perform in space and to run a few experiments. No one, though, has tried to create a business on the scale of Planet Labs. It’s building what’s believed to be the largest satellite fleet ever assembled by sending up 28 CubeSats early next year. And rather than using the hardware for temporary experiments, Planet Labs will leave its satellites in orbit for years at a time as part of a proper business.
More - Link >>> http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-26/an-army-of-little-satellites-for-watching-earth-on-the-cheap?campaign_id=yhoo
Source: Bloomberg Businessweek.
More about CubeSats: Link >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubesat
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