- Created: Monday, 13 January 2014 00:00
Business startups are eying applications in space, according to "Silicon Valley's New Spy Satellites," and focusing on small spacecraft in process.
In January, [Plant Labs] hopes to send 28 micro-satellites in space—the largest constellation of private Earth-observing satellites, ever. (The incredibly awesome collective noun for a group of satellites is a constellation.)
Planet Labs can send that many into space because the satellites are designed for extensibility. 10 by 10 by 30 centimenters, Planet Labs’s “doves” are derived from Cubesat technology—the set of tools and standards developed at Stanford in the early 2000s that let universities affordably fly small, low-orbit satellites.
Picture here is Bob Twiggs, creator of the CubeSat standard and current professor at Morehead Sate University in Kentucky.