A CubeSat has a standard dimension. A 1U CubeSat is 10 cubic centimeters, and they come in 1U, 2U, and 3U sizes. Each picosatellite can have a wide variety of different kinds of technologies and sensors installed inside its small metal frame. They are then loaded into a special box called a Cal Poly P-POD, which is spring loaded so that when it is released from a larger container in space, it can launch the satellite.
This is a look inside a CubeSat that will have a special solar installed on its top so that researchers can evaluate how long the cells will last in space.
June 21, 2012 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Daniel Terdiman/CNET
| Caption by: Daniel Terdiman
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