In a recent article on Wired.com, Allen McDuffee reported on DARPA and NovaWurks’ vision of the role of Satlets and Robotics in the future of space. To quote Allen, “DARPA is rethinking how the U.S. builds and maintains its satellite fleet. The idea is for robots to assemble modular satellite architecture, called satlets that weigh about 15 pounds and contain the satellite functionality such as the power supply, controls and sensors. All of this is delivered on the Payload Orbital Delivery (POD) system, which is meant to be easily and quickly deployable.” In the linked video within the article is a nice animated sequence depicting the assembly of a group of HISats, and the fully assembled spacecraft released into service. A very nice nod to NovaWurks’ development of the HISat™ and its’ role as the building block to the future of space exploration.
HISats, the Building Block to the Future.