The smallest astronomical satellite ever built, weighing less than 7 kilograms (15.5 pounds), launched this week, along with its twin. The two are part of the BRITE mission to design, assemble, and deploy small satellites quickly and relatively cheaply. The satellites will observe stars and record changes in their brightness over time.
“BRITE is expected to demonstrate that nano-satellites are now capable of performance that was once thought impossible for such small spacecraft,” says Cordell Grant, manager of Satellite Systems for the Space Flight Laboratory at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies.
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