Seen in → No.54
Other than the “lets put ever more stuff up there, like we did down here” vibe, super interesting look at swarms of tiny satellites, what they could do and the technical innovations needed to make them happen.
Costs must be slashed; satellites should be small, nimble and able to repair themselves; and they should operate in swarms. […]
Together, thousands of these ‘femtosatellites’ could operate as a network. […]
Eventually, we’ll need fully self-repairing space platforms, including propulsion systems, power plants, life-support systems and scientific instruments. Building even a prototype demands major breakthroughs and new ways of working.