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CubeSats: Toys, Tools, or Debris Cloud?
Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PMFree
St. Louis County Library – Weber Road Branch
4444 Weber Road, St. Louis, 63123 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required. Register below!
Featured Speaker: Michael Swartwout, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Saint Louis University Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology
In the past ten years, a new type of small satellite has received a lot of attention: the CubeSat. About the size of a loaf of bread, more CubeSats are put into orbit each year than the number of all other spacecraft combined. Saint Louis University Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering professor, Michael Swartwout, reviews the recent history of CubeSats and addresses this question: are these mere toys, useful tools, or will they just contribute to the cloud of debris in Earth’s orbit?
CubeSats is a Science in St. Louis Series partnership of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis and St. Louis County Libraries.