From 2012-17, more than 1,000 small satellites were launched into orbit, including about 725 cubesats, which are standardized platforms consisting of 4 X 4 X 4-in. (10 X 10 X 10-cm) units (U) that can be scaled up to create 3U, 6U, 12U and larger cubesats. Currently, the spacecraft primarily are used for Earth observations, but that business is expected to be eclipsed in the next few years as broadband operators roll out megaconstellations to provide high-speed internet services via ...

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