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Before launching any satellite into orbit, a verification test procedure is required, with one of the critical environmental tests being the thermal vacuum (TV) test. However, many low-budget nanosatellite projects, mostly led by universities, decide to spare the expenses of this high cost testing procedure. Others may perform the test using superfluous infrastructure, with a testing process unsuited specifically for nanosatellites.

Due to breakthrough advances in miniaturization, the scale of spacecraft components can now be reduced to the millimeter scale. Termed as “smart dust”, the concept of spacecraft on a chip promises to enable a novel category of such centimeter-sized spacecraft to be flown in swarms of hundreds or even thousands. One alternative is to exploit perturbations like solar radiation pressure (SRP) for orbit control without using artificial forces thus yielding stable equilibrium solutions that could sustain mission requirements.

April 2nd is “Good Deeds Day” in Israel.

The 14th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference, organized by the Israeli Space Agency at the Ministry of Science and Technology, will take place on January 29, 2019 at David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv.

Innovation is the key to powering space exploration.  At JPL, we continually strive to innovate to create the capability to explore our solar system and answer the hard science questions.  We’ll explore innovations in earth science, Mars Exploration, outer planet exploration, data science/machine learning, and quantum detectors to enable the next generation of spacecraft and systems. 


Satellite navigation constellations orbit the Earth in medium and geosynchronous orbits. These high altitudes raise the operational and launching costs, but provide wide coverage, which may be redundant if only regional coverage is needed. Low Earth orbit satellites, on the other hand, suffer from reduced coverage capabilities, among other issues.