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The Promises of Nanotechnology: Will They Be Kept?

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What are the mission applications of microspacecraft and nanospacecraft? What are the technology needs to enable these missions? What work is currently being done, and what is the state-of-the-art? What are the challenges?

This paper provides an overview of National Aeronautics and Space Administrations (NASA) microspacecraft and nanospacecraft mission applications. A survey of the state-of-the-art and an overview of current development activities are provided, in addition to identifying the technologies needed to enable these mission applications. Technical challenges particular to NASA micro/nano-spacecraft missions are discussed.


  • Small Satellite
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging
  • Defense Advance Research Project Agency
  • Defense Advance Research Project Agency
  • Active Pixel Sensor

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Satter, C.M., Matousek, S.E. (2002). The Promises of Nanotechnology: Will They Be Kept?. In: Rycroft, M., Crosby, N. (eds) Smaller Satellites: Bigger Business?. Space Studies, vol 6. Springer, Dordrecht.

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