(Report via NewsEdge)
The small satellites, weighing around 88 pounds (40kg) each, will be coming out of the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory established recently by a collaboration of researchers from the
The project has start-up money that includes a $4-million federal appropriation sponsored by US Sen. Daniel Inouye, a Hawaii Democrat.
University officials are hoping the federal funds will grow to $40 million to pay for two launches and two spacecraft, with the first mission projected to take off in 2009.
The cost of constructing a single satellite is estimated at between $2 million and $4 million.
The small satellites will be capable of gathering information to address both local and global scientific questions.
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