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Will ThinSats inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists?

22 February 2018

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When Orbital ATK's Antares rocket blasts off from Wallops Island, Virginia, this fall on its way to the International Space Station, the rocket's second stage will carry an unusual payload: one cubesat and 63 ThinSats, miniature satellites shaped like a slice of bread.

For a year, the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, Twiggs Space Lab, Orbital ATK and NASA's Wallops Flight Facility have been collaborating on a campaign to encourage Virginia students to design, build and test Thinsats, which are a seventh the size of cubesats.

Source: SpaceNews

Image credit: SpaceNews - A Twiggs Space Lab rendering of the ThinSat concept.