If I was to ask you to draw a picture of a satellite, would you draw a big bulky device with solar wings? If I was to ask you how much a satellite costs, would you say billions of dollars?
Now let me tell you that is all about to change…
I got the opportunity to talk with Peter Platzer of NanoSatisfi.com. They are making satellites a little larger than the size of a Rubik cube. Hundreds of these satellites get launched into space and hover over earth without being seen by the naked eye. Best part – they will be able to cover the planet a lot easier than that billion dollar dish.
These Satellites are already in space. They keep their orbit, transmitting data back and forth. When they die, the device simply falls back to earth and disintegrated by our own atmosphere. Since there are no harmful chemicals, these devices burn up safely.
The cube is only part of the whole – Peter couldn’t show certain parts of the satellite because of government regulations. He did say they could stack several of them together or let them hover on their own. Since the circumference is so large, the chance of two bumping into each other is pretty slim.
I asked Peter if we have to be concerned of others trying to launch similar products into space to spy or hack. He informed me the only way to get these up there is via rocket, which is regulated.
We also talked about using these satellites for other planets and to monitor solar flares. I referenced the movie “Twister” where they created a series of sensors that – when inserted into a funnel cloud – could bring back a lot of information. Peter stated this was exactly like this and these devices can also track funnel clouds and collect data.
Want to make your own Satellite? They even have kits for you to start with – The Ardusat kit.
It made me think – what will our children think a satellite is 30-40 years from now – a big bulky device that cost a billion or a small cube that works in tandem?