Long a favorite of low-budget users, small satellites are finding wider application as new launchers cut costs and U.S. military doctrine shifts to 'tactical' space ops
Small satellites could be on the verge of a renaissance over the next five years, if new low-cost rockets being developed to meet changes in U.S. military requirements remove the biggest hurdle to widespread use of smallsats--the price of reaching orbit. Small satellites are frequently compared with personal computers. Defined by the FAA as weighing less than 2,000 lb., and by European smallsat pioneer Sir Martin Sweeting as less than half that top weight and costing $15-20 million, they ...
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