Cubesats are now making many things possible. They also help improve existing technologies to fill gaps in information. They also make it possible for many people to take part in the space revolution. With the size, affordability and speed of development - this provides a ton of advantages that more than make up for their limitations.
How have the capabilities for Cubesats changed
Students, scientists, engineers, and hobbyists are always looking forward to the advancement of the technology behind Cubesats. These people are also aware of the possibilities of what Cubesats can do to change the world for the better. They are aware that Cubesats still have a lot to go in terms of what they can do and how they do it. Because more and more people are taking part in the development of Cubesats, the possibilities of what these can do are also multiplying. Cubesats are now having the same capabilities as the big satellites. The only differences are that Cubesats are smaller, cheaper and faster to develop than the big satellites. Cubesats already have reaction mills, star trackers and GPS. These small satellites also have big enough solar panels and antennas. They can now do what the big satellites can do. As mentioned, the differences lie in size and cost. These satellites can already gather useful data from the atmosphere and space. People can now measure different atmospheric characteristics using Cubesats or gather useful data about the ozone layer and other things to help with the data gaps being gathered by the huge devices and equipment. It means that Cubesats can support the existing technologies to gather more data and study the atmosphere and space. In addition, they can also use existing technologies to become more useful in terms of gathering more data. Cubesats help the big satellites, and the big satellites can take advantage of what Cubesats can do.
What is driving the development of Cubesats
CubeSats are cheaper and faster to develop than the big satellites. The main reason is the size of Cubesats. Even with their small size, engineers can already pack many devices and sensors. Cubesats are very useful in exploration without going for huge amounts of money and several years of development. It only takes one or two years to launch something. With the big satellites, it will take many years. This has caught the attention of many people. People can now see the results of their work and see the satellites at space within a year. With the participation of many people, improvements on the design are inevitable. In addition, the cost of building and launching Cubesats is only a small fraction compared to the cost of building and launching the conventional big satellites. Big satellites can cost 50 to 100 million dollars to build and to launch. With Cubesats, on the other hand, it can cost less than $100,000. It is an enormous difference. It is why many people are taking part in this. With the little cost and speed to development, more and more people are actively exploring and improving what they can do.