Aerospace Corp's iLab encourages out-of-the-box thinking without leaving home
07 March 2018
Instead of designing satellites years before they launch to perform specific tasks, what if small multi-purpose satellites were designed for a variety of jobs? And what if those satellites could be launched separately before linking in orbit to perform one mission, then reconfigured to tackle a different job?
That's the concept behind the Aerospace Corporation's adaptable multi-purpose satellite concept, called Hive. "The great thing is you don't need to know what it's going to be before you launch," said Randy Villahermosa, executive director of Aerospace's Innovation Laboratory, or iLab.
Image credit: Aerospace Corp. - Aerospace Corp. engineers used iLab time to refine a concept for self-assembling Hive satellites.