Photos: Twinkle, twinkle little satellite

Photos: Twinkle, twinkle little satellite

Summary: Small enough to hold in one hand, CubeSats prove you don't have to be big to get a steady gig in orbit.

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TOPICS: Nasa / Space
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  • QuakeSat

    Satellites aren't always the size of a large car or a small house. The QuakeSat, pictured here, consists of three CubeSats and would fit in the backseat of a modest sedan. In 2003, it orbited Earth looking for signs of earthquakes.

  • Student CubeSats

    Student CubeSats on display at Aalborg University in Denmark.

  • Bob Twiggs

    Stanford University professor Bob Twiggs is one of the driving forces behind the CubeSat project. He's been working on tiny orbital designs since the mid-1980s. Here he's holding one of the early CubeSat models.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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