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NASA Forming $3M Satellite Communication, Propulsion Competition 9

Posted by samzenpus
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coondoggie (973519) writes NASA took the next step in forming a large-scale, $3 million competition to build advanced propulsion and communications technologies for small, inexpensive satellite systems known as cubesats. The Cubesat Lunar Challenge will be broken up into two areas: propulsion and communication while in orbit around the moon. In Request For Information published this week, NASA said the two challenges would provide competitive opportunities for a variety of competition teams to deploy cubesats on a NASA or third-party provided launch.
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NASA Forming $3M Satellite Communication, Propulsion Competition

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  • Fuck beta (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Here we go again, after more than a week of peace...
    So all was OK throughout the day, and than I made the mistake to check again /.
    Did I fucking ask to show me that fucking beta?
    Why, why?

  • Article states: "amateur radio wavelengths not suitable for advanced science missions in the remote distances of deep space,",
    and: " these challenges are expected to contribute to opening deep space exploration to non-government spacecraft for the first
    time, NASA stated."


    Is the universe crunching already?; since when is the moon 'deep space'?

    • Since it's two or three orders of magnitude further away than traditional cubesat territory, i.e. low Earth orbit, and they're planning to use it as a proving ground for interplanetary cubesat technology.
  • by jandrese (485) <kensama@vt.edu> on Friday June 13, 2014 @10:27AM (#47229671) Homepage Journal
    While they didn't hit their Kickstarter Goal [kickstarter.com], this is exactly the sort of thing they were trying to make last year.
  • by bugs2squash (1132591) on Friday June 13, 2014 @11:50AM (#47230377)
    surely it's just a matter of arranging to get it hit by debris heading in the right direction and small/slow enough not to destroy the cubesat. Bonus points if cubesat captures the debris and takes it out of orbit at end of life.

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