Network infrastructure to share resources on orbit could unleash potential of small satellites
The idea of building and launching small satellites quickly and cheaply as an adjunct, or alternative, to spending billions and waiting years for large and highly capable spacecraft continues to meet with resistance from customers. But what if those small satellites could be networked on orbit to provide the capability of a larger spacecraft—with the added ability to repair, replace, upgrade or expand the “virtual satellite” by launching new modules? That’s the goal of the U.S. ...
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