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NASA to Launch New Small Satellite Missions to do Real Science

NASA is about to launch six new next-generation Earth-observing small satellites — some as small as a loaf of bread. These tiny spacecraft are helping to foster creative and cost-effective approaches to studying our planet. This page contains a short overview video as well as a series of conceptual animations of small sats being launched, deployed, in orbit over the Earth collecting data, and in comparison in size to both a person and a traditional large satellite. Note: While these animations are based on real satellite models, they are intended to be generic and not perfectly descriptive of any particular small sat mission. For more on NASA’s small satellite program:

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Chris Meaney (HTSI): Lead Animator
Adriana Manrique Gutierrez (USRA): Animator
Rob Andreoli (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.): Lead Videographer
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