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Tech & ScienceNASA selects proposals for smallsats built to study deep space

19:05  19 august  2019
19:05  19 august  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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The agency has picked two proposals for smallsat technology that w The two proposals are being funded in 0,000, nine-month concept studies . Whichever proposal wins the day will launch as one of the payloads aboard the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) in October 2024.

WASHINGTON ( NASA PR) — NASA has selected two proposals to demonstrate small satellite technologies to improve science observations in deep space , which could help NASA develop better models to predict space weather events that can affect astronauts and spacecraft. “This is the first

NASA selects proposals for smallsats built to study deep space

NASA is expanding plans to use small satellites (aka smallsats) to explore the Solar System. The agency has picked two proposals for smallsat technology that would improve observations in deep space, where they could help improve models that predict space weather.

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NASA has selected two proposals to demonstrate small satellite technologies to improve science observations in deep space , which could The proposals for the technology demonstrations are: Science-Enabling Technologies for Heliophysics (SETH) SETH would demonstrate two technologies.

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The two proposals are being funded in $400,000, nine-month concept studies. Whichever proposal wins the day will launch as one of the payloads aboard the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) in October 2024. That might not sound like a lot of money even at such an early stage, but that's part of the point -- NASA sees this as a chance to show that you can develop valuable space technology at a "reasonable price."

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NASA has selected two proposals to demonstrate small satellite technologies aimed at improving science observations in deep space . The new projects could help build models that would be instrumental in successfully predicting space weather events – an important feature that can affect

NASA has selected ten studies under the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program, to develop mission concepts using small For these studies , small satellites are defined as less than 180 kilograms in mass (about 400 pounds). CubeSats are built to standard specifications of

The winning project could be a vital part of NASA's long-term plans. With plans for an enduring human presence on the Moon and an eventual crewed journey to Mars, anticipating space weather could prove essential -- travelers don't need solar flares and other deep space conditions placing entire missions in jeopardy. This could also improve humanity's overall understanding of the Solar System, including how the Sun affects the Earth.

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