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small satellites

Following are the categories of the smallest communications satellites, based on weight. Large satellites can weigh up to 12,000 pounds.

          Weight Range            (Pounds)Type      From      To

  Mini     220    1,100

  Micro     22      220

  Nano       2.2     22

  Pico     3.5 oz     2.2

  Femto    up to 3.5 oz
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The San Francisco company will establish a nano-satellite design, development, manufacturing and data management facility in Glasgow's Skypark.
The first meeting in this new series, the United Nations/Japan Nano-Satellite symposium, was held last year in Japan for the Asia and the Pacific region.
The nano-satellite, called Pegasus, was launched from the Jiuquan spaceport in China less than a month ago, BBC reported.
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The Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge is to place a small satellite into Earth orbit, twice in one week.
Lootah Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Clyde Space Ltd, a spacecraft system engineering and nano-satellite specialist based in Glasgow, Scotland.
Enhanced with a high efficiency, dual mode combustion third stage, it will be able to inject the three-axes controlled (3AC) PUBSAT nano-satellite into LEO.
The mission, known as Space Test Program-Houston 4 (STP-H4), will include the Global Awareness Data-Extraction International Satellite hosted payload (GLADIS) and will validate the performance of a dual channel UHF and VHF data-extraction payload compatible with the nano-satellite form factor of approximately 20 kilograms and 20 watts total weight and power respectively.
Best of all, this nano-satellite is ready to go - it'll be equipped to launch equipment starting next year and will begin clearing out future junk starting in 2013.
Many science applications of nano-satellites are currently being explored for future implementation, especially in the US, and the SEAM project will ensure that Europe develops the required technology to maintain and strengthen our current leading role in the nano-satellite market.
Each nano-satellite in the BRIght Target Explorer (BRITE) mission is a cube 20 centimeters per side, and weighing less than 7 kilograms.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Arianespace, Axelspace, Clyde Space, Dauria Aerospace, Deep Space Industries, Dynetics, GeoOptics, GomSpace, Innovative Solutions in Space, Lockheed Martin, Mitsubishi Electric, Novanano, Planet Labs, Raytheon, Ruag Space, Sierra Nevada, Skybox Imaging, SpaceQuest, SpaceX, Spire, Surrey Satellite Technology, Thales Alenia Space, Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems and United Launch Alliance.