Why Yes, It Is Time for Homemade Satellites

Rendering of the AAU CubeSat built by students from Aalborg University in Denmark.

Here’s a fun fact: Over the next year a dozen or so tiny, homemade satellites will be launched into space. They will travel in low Earth orbit—140 to 600 miles up, roughly as high as the International Space Station—conducting a variety of experiments. With time they will drift toward earth until they reenter the atmosphere and incinerate into memories.

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