Starting from just $1,000 and you could even own a tiny personal satellite aircraft! Are you kidding us?
This is behind the thinking of scientists at (ASU) Arizona State University. It is an ambitious new satellite concept to develop. Their tiny SunCube platform called a femtosat – aka femtosatellite. It’s extremely small satellite that weighs less than 100 grams in total including any mini payload or fuel.
The SunCube measures just 3 centimetres in each direction, and would cost about $1,000 to send it to the International Space Station (ISS) or $3,000 to venture into low-Earth orbit. And that launch costs is amazingly approachable.
“There’s a whole community out there interested in this idea of low-cost, swarms of disposable spacecraft,” said Thanga. “It’s like your own GoPro in space. That would give you quite the front-seat view in space.”
ASU team expresses excitement with its possibilities and calls for everyone, even science students to be much more interested in studying and discovering the outer space.
“We can show the world we can fly in space,” he said. “Being an active person involved in a space mission – it’s the next domain in exploration.”