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CubeSat – It's hip to be square! - Illustration


2017-04-12 - CubeSat at a glance. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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The title of this infographic is CubeSat – It's hip to be square! It is divided into four charts.

First chart

A CubeSat is a miniature cube-shaped satellite.

The dimensions of a CubeSat are illustrated. It is 10 centimetres on each side, making it similar in size to a Rubik's cube. A graphic shows that a CubeSat can be used alone, or a maximum of 24 CubeSats can be stacked.

Second chart

The advantages of a CubeSat are as follows:

  • built rapidly (within 24 months)
  • simple technology (purchased off-the-shelf)
  • simple to design
  • no space debris generated (they burn up in the atmosphere upon reentry)
  • low cost

Third chart

CubeSats are used for 4 types of missions: technology demonstration, scientific research, educational project, and commercial.

Fourth chart

For comparative purposes, a graphic shows the orbits of various objects in the atmosphere and in space. There is an airplane at 10 kilometres above the Earth, a stratospheric balloon between 10 kilometres and 50 kilometres above the Earth, a meteorite at 100 kilometres above the Earth, and the International Space Station and a CubeSat at 400 kilometres above the Earth.

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File size: 0.57 MB
Image size: 2400 x 1800 pixels
Resolution: 96 dpi

Photo taken on April 12, 2017

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