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A prototype of the ARYKD space telescope.
(Image: Planetary Resources)
The tiny ARKYD space telescope, which is named after Arakyd Industries from Star Wars, will be 200mm (7.8 inches) tall and 450mm (16.7 inches) wide. Its wingspan will be 600mm (23.2 inches), and it will run on 50 watts of power — about as much as a light bulb.
The telescope's lens will have a 200mm aperture with f/4 primary optic. The camera will have a 5MP sensor and feature image stabilization.
It's expected to be launched along with the cargo that goes to the International Space Station (ISS), and will be released into orbit from there. It will orbit between 300 to 450 miles above our planet — above the atmosphere, which gives any telescope a big advantage over Earth-based observers.