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The correct coordination and management of a small satellite constellation is the key to its success. It is not necessary to think about mega-projects like Starlink, the SpaceX communications constellation that expects to have up to 42,000 satellites, since even in smaller missions there are some common challenges.
CubeSat payloads are the heart of missions in space. Without payloads, there would be no point in launching a small satellite, since from a practical point of view it would become an object orbiting the Earth with no function to perform.
Innovation forms an integral part of the DNA of the space industry. In the New Space age, every year new advances and discoveries arise that open up opportunities of all kinds for governments and companies of different sizes and sectors.
Bigger doesn’t always mean better. When we talk about businesses in space, it is important not to become obsessed with size, because the advantages of CubeSats over conventional satellites can also be considerable, depending on the type of project.
When we talk about small satellite applications, we are basically answering this question: What are they for? It may seem like a simple and straightforward question, but books on the subject could be written.
If we talk about major trends in the use of small satellites, then we have to talk about asset tracking. Geolocation has long been a part of our lives. When we make any kind of purchase on the Internet, we are used to knowing the status and location of our order practically in real time.
When we talk about the New Space age, every second counts. If a few decades ago there was talk of the “space race” between the United States and the Soviet Union, today there has been no change in the need to be the first... or to reach space earlier than the competition.
If you intend to enter the New Space age to offer space IoT services with the help of small satellites, the last thing you want to read is probably an explanation of what IoT (Internet of Things) is, what M2M (Machine to Machine) communications are, or how many millions of connected devices there will be worldwide in 2030.
When we need a computer or a car, we all know more or less what questions we should ask. It is not the same with small satellites. Although CubeSats have opened up space to startups and companies of different sizes, they are still far from being a day-to-day investment.