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NASA launches its first microsatellite

fast-sat NASA has launched into space FASTSAT ( Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite ), the first of its low-cost microsatellites that will orbit the Earth, offering new opportunities for science and technology research.

FASTSAT measures just one meter in diameter and weighs 90 kilograms unloaded. Unlike a conventional satellite, it has powerful magnets that replace gas jet thrusters and give it greater steering control, as well as reducing the risk of explosion. Another interesting fact is that it has taken only a year to design, develop and test this inexpensive autonomous microsatellite, according to Mark Boudreaux, project manager at NASA's Marshall Center in Huntsville, Alabama (USA).

Regarding its applications, NASA plans to use this and other satellites for missions to observe the Earth , as well as for technological tests.

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