2018-2019 Competition: Cubesat Astronomy
According to the magazine Nature Astronomy, we are on the verge of an astronomy cubesat revolution. Cubesats, of course, are small satellites built inexpensively in standard sizes and form factors. They offer the opportunity to monitor sources for weeks or months, while NASA orbital telescopes are constantly re-tasked from mission to mission. They are effective for studying wavelengths that are not accessible from the ground, including ultraviolet, far-infrared and low-frequency radio. Advances in precision-pointing, compact sensitive decors and miniaturization of propulsion systems are providing new capabilities.