HUMAN-TENDED EXPERIMENTS FOR CUBESAT DEVELOPMENT

Here’s another example showing the utility of human-tended experiments on parabolic flights for technology development. This time, it’s low-cost CubeSat hardware.

Cadets at the US Air Force Academy are developing an innovative space-based solar telescope called FalconSAT-7.

Instead of a primary lens or mirror, FalconSAT-7 uses a 0.2-meter membrane called a photon sieve. Millions of tiny holes in the sieve focus the light through difraction. The photon sieve, which is less expensive to fabricate than a lens or mirror, can be folded into a compact, lightweight package for launch.

The FalconSAT-7 mission, scheduled for launch in 2014, will be the first time this technology has been tested in space.

Read more: HUMAN-TENDED EXPERIMENTS FOR CUBESAT DEVELOPMENT — Citizens in Space.

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