UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — More than 100 miniature Sprite satellites weighing 5 grams each are launched in space from the US spacecraft KickSat 2, its developer Zach Manchester said.
The KickSat 2 satellite, created at Cornell University, was launched into orbit in February from the cargo ship Cygnus after uncoupling from the ISS. Inside it were 104 miniature Sprite satellites in the form of a chip – a plate measuring 3.5 by 3.5 centimeters and weighing 5 grams with a radio transmitter.
The first attempt to launch 104 Sprite satellites from the KickSat 1 apparatus in 2014 was unsuccessful.
In the future, miniature satellites can be used to solve scientific problems.
Manchester on his Twitter page reported that the team to launch a swarm of 104 miniature Sprite satellites was issued from Earth on March 19, and asked radio amateurs around the world to inform him about receiving signals from them.
Later astronomer Ses Bass confirmed the arrival of signals from satellites.
Manchester also noted that radio amateurs should hurry to hear the signals, since miniature satellites are rapidly declining and will soon burn in the atmosphere.
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