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HOW BUILDING SATELLITES IN ORBIT WILL CHANGE OUR FUTURE IN SPACE

HOW BUILDING SATELLITES IN ORBIT WILL CHANGE OUR FUTURE IN SPACE Satellites lead a double life. Our sats are designed to survive in two very different environments: the microgravity of orbit and the intense forces of a rocket launch. But the extensive support structures they need to endure the brutal trip off-planet are useless once the launch is over. And what's more, having to build satellites this way limits their effectiveness in orbit because it restricts the size of components like transmitters and solar arrays, as well as the choice of materials that can be used in construction.   More



(Source: Popular Mechanics - May 18)

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