Get ready to rent your own research satellite


Space exploration and research have mostly been the domain of nation-states and a few very well-funded companies. But the emergence of the cube satellite — a small, standardized vessel that can be modified with off-the-shelf parts and improved on by a community of open source builders — has dramatically lowered the cost of putting a research-capable craft into space.

One of the companies trying to take advantage of this new platform is NanoSatisfi, which is launching its first cube satellite on August 4th. For $ 250 a week, anyone from an elementary school to a curious hobbyist can rent time on the satellite and conduct their own experiments.

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