Video: Suitcase-sized asteroid explorer

Video: Suitcase-sized asteroid explorer

When M-Argo launches, it will be the smallest spacecraft to traverse interplanetary space under its own power. The Miniaturised Asteroid Remote Geophysical Observer (M-Argo) CubeSat will rendezvous with an asteroid, then survey it using a multispectral camera and a laser altimeter. At just 34cm wide on its longest side, the miniature spacecraft contains numerous other technologies detailed in this video, including an electric propulsion system, a high frequency ‘X-band’ communications system and a flat panel ‘reflectarray’ antenna. This will enable the satellite to communicate with Earth even from 150 million km away.

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