CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins started a series of on-orbit tests Monday that could lead to large “sparse arrays” of satellites in space maintaining their relative position using electromagnetic fields generated by superconducting coils. Working with engineering graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland, Hopkins set up two soccer-ball-size “satellites” inside the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) on the ...


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