Crowdfunding Campaign Bids to Launch Tiny Interplanetary Probe | MIT Technology Review

A mini-satellite, no bigger than a loaf of bread, could push itself out of Earth’s orbit as soon as next year if a crowdfunding campaign to support development of a diminutive propulsion system succeeds. If such small spacecraft can be made to operate far from Earth, they could one day make inexpensive expeditions to asteroids, Mars, and beyond.

Interplanetary spacecraft are typically bigger than a car, cost hundreds of millions to billions of dollars, and take many years to develop and launch. In recent years researchers have been pondering how to send small satellites, called CubeSats, which have been launched into Earth orbit over the past decade, mainly by university teams, farther afield.

via Crowdfunding Campaign Bids to Launch Tiny Interplanetary Probe | MIT Technology Review.

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