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Title: Cool cubes are changing the way we play in space
Authors: Van Zyl, Robert 
Keywords: Nano-satellite;Cubes;CubeSats;Planet Labs
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: The Conversation
Source: Van Zyl, Robert. 2015. Cool cubes are changing the way we play in space. The Conversation: Africa, 18 May.
Abstract: A tiny cube, slightly smaller than a loaf of bread, is the new manna to heaven, as the number of nano-satellites being hurled into orbit is increasing substantially.Nano-satellites are small satellites weighing between 1 kg and 10 kg. CubeSats are box-shaped versions of nano-satellites. They are very light compared to the traditional satellites which can weigh anything up to a few tons.Pretty much in the vein of mobile phone hand-sets, satellites have also become smaller and better. They cost less but have the capability of bigger satellites of the past.In their short existence nano-satellites have seen a remarkable uptake globally among universities and recent business start-ups. The exciting era of nano-satellites has begun.
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