Before, satellites were used as toys and gadgets that are flown onto the outer space for the rich governments and wealthy corporations, but not anymore, because there has been an increasing trend of satellites that are launched into space to provide convenience and innovation for the benefit of humanity.
As space becomes more democratized, these sophisticated technological machines are becoming available to the ordinary people, and just like drones before them, these miniature satellites shaped likely as a box have begun to fundamentally change the conceptions of who gets to dictate everything that goes above our heads.
According to a recent report from the National Academy of Science Highlights, the satellites that people are talking about are not those huge sized satellites that cost millions of dollars, but are those that hold tremendous potential to provide more accessibility to ordinary people. Also, adding factor to this innovative idea is the cost of the satellite is way cheaper than before.
Although there are questions surrounding this trend because of its potential downsides of having a slice of the densely populated space crowded by equipment pieces built by people who are not that keen to share their technological advancements, also there are uncertain things that still questions the responsible and the beneficial development, as well as the use of this technology, could actually look like? It can be answered from a small group of people who secretly launches satellites in a small backyard launch pad for the past fifty years.
The technology that these small group of people who wants to provide satellite communications technology to everyone are the people who are behind of making personal satellites which are a completely unique class of satellites which are usually shaped like a cube. The company itself is named CubeSats.
Compared to what you usually see; this kind of satellite is shaped like a cube to be exact. The most common cube satellites are usually as big as 10-centimeters or roughly one ruler or even four inches small and this can usually even be mistaken as a piece of paper shaped like cube, but these satellites which are modular can fit to the already crowded Earth’s orbit and it already has countless complex missions for the past years.
Within their compact bodies, these miniature satellites have the ability to house sensors and communications receivers as well as transmitters which enables the operators of it back on Earth to operate it from space as well as space around the Earth or vice versa.
The CubeSats are designed to be a satellite that is for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) which is a very accessible region of space which has a distance of 200 to 800 miles above the Earth where most common big time missions from the National Aeronautic Space Administration or Nasa usually docks and orbits.
Due to its very small and compact size, as well as its very lightweight features, CubeSat does not cost that much compared to the conventional communications satellite or GPS, because it does not require a lot of materials to produce one.