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Smallsat builders admit a little bigger might be better

09 February 2017

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What's the perfect size for a small satellite? "The answer is 42 kilograms," said Martin Sweeting, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. founder and executive chairman said at the Small Satellite Symposium here. 

Sweeting noted that 42 is also the answer the supercomputer in the science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy provides when asked the meaning of "life, the universe and everything." 


Image credit: SSTL - Two variants of Surrey Satellite Technology's SSTL-50 platform intended for satellites weighing 25-80 kilograms.

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