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Jan 8, 2014 3:10 AM by KSBT Staff

Cal Poly professor talks about CubeSats

A Cal Poly Professor is changing the way scientists are thinking about satellites.

CubeSats are 10 centimeter cubes that do all the same things its larger rivals do.

These nano-satellites were first introduced to Cal Poly students as a class project and are now being launched into space to carry out various missions.

"These are the external dimensions and interfaces. We never told people what to do with their CubeSats, what to put inside and that was in retrospect brilliant, because they decided they could do amazing things with them," said Dr. Jordi Puig-Suari.

The missions usually run from six months to a year. The CubeSats do not last very long because of the harsh environment of space

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