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Nanosatellites, defined as having mass of under 10 kg (22 lb), are being studied to complete numerous missions by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. Department of Defense, commercial organizations, and other countries. Many of these missions require numerous small spacecraft in a constellation or “swarm.” These include orbital communications networks and swarms of small satellites to conduct remote sensing or even spy missions, and to provide unique perspectives on comets or asteroids. For instance, 20 or more small spacecraft could be deployed from a mother ship to observe a comet from many angles. Figure 1 demonstrates one configuration where a mother ship carries as many as 100 nanosatellites to their final destination in space for deployment.
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