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Mini-probes fade into the sunset beyond Mars

Farewell, WALL-E and EVE: NASA says it’s lost contact with two briefcase-sized MarCO nanosatellites, more than two months after their history-making Mars flyby. And yet another robotic explorer, NASA’s Opportunity rover, has been mute on Mars for eight months, heightening suspicions that … Continue reading

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MarCO mission snaps first CubeSat photo of Mars

Mars looks like nothing more than a reddish speck in a picture captured by one of NASA’s twin MarCO spacecraft, but it’s the start of something big for small satellites. NASA says the image, released today, is the first view … Continue reading

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Tethers Unlimited delivers tiny satellite transmitter

Bothell, Wash.-based Tethers Unlimited says it’s delivered the first flight unit of a K-band radio transmitter that’s designed for use on CubeSat satellites as small as a loaf of bread. The SWIFT-KTX transmitter builds upon Tethers Unlimited’s software-defined radio platform to transmit … Continue reading

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How to pack a supercomputer in a nanosatellite

Putting a supercomputer in a package that’s roughly the size of a loaf of bread is one thing. Making sure the supercomputer is radiation-hardened to survive the harsh conditions of space is quite another. A team headquartered at the University … Continue reading

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Spaceflight wins $5.5M NASA service contract

Seattle-based Spaceflight says it’s been awarded its first contract for launch and integration services from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The three-year deal is potentially worth $5.48 million. The NASA contract calls for Spaceflight, a business unit of Spaceflight Industries, to provide launch … Continue reading

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NASA backs mini-antennas and 3-D printer

Flat-panel antennas that are tiny enough to fit on a nanosatellite and a 3-D printer that can recycle space station trash are among the Seattle-area projects that have won seed money in NASA’s latest round of grant-making. They’re just a couple … Continue reading

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Giant rocket will carry tiny high-tech satellites

NASA says it’ll send 13 miniaturized satellites – including a pop-up solar sail and a “lunar flashlight” – beyond Earth orbit when it flies its heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket for the first time in 2018. The main payload for the … Continue reading

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