With an eye on achieving 80% of what larger spacecraft can do at 20-30% of the cost, NASA's Ames Research Center is taking on the role as the space agency's go-to shop for developing small satellites that can be put into space quickly. The small satellite mandate is part of a larger realignment of center priorities to support NASA's Constellation Program for space exploration. In selecting Ames for that role, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin is tapping into a center with a tradition of ...

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