Professor Antony Fraser-Smith

Fall 2000-2001

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Time: 4:15-5:30 PM; Refreshments at 4:00 PM
Location: Bldg. 200, Rm. 34

Picosat Science: Something new in Space?

Dr. Victor Aguero
SRI International


Picosats, pico-satellites with a mass of less than 1 kg, provide sufficient capability to serve as test platforms for new technologies and provide a framework for new science missions. Besides being an excellent educational tool at the university level, this new satellite category is proving to be capable of a broad array of science functionality previously attributed only to satellites with 100's of times more mass. This new opportunity is opening the door to many low cost science missions previously considered financially unrealistic, especially missions involving constellations of small satellites. Stanford's Aero/Astro department is playing a key role in this new revolution with it's 10 cm on edge Cubesat, the first 14 of which are scheduled to launch in late 2001 or early 2002. The success of this small, low-cost platform provides new opportunities for space, telecommunications, and radio science researchers.