Episode 46: Spacecraft no bigger than a breadbox with Dr. Asphaug

 Professor  Erik Asphaug  stops by the show to discuss  AOSAT-1 , a tiny spacecraft that will contain experiments to study the surface of asteroids. AOSAT-1 will rotate once every minute, creating a force inside that exactly mimics gravity on an asteroid. We discuss how AOSAT-1, a  cubesat , is being designed and built, and how it may launched from the space station in a “ cubesat cannon ”.

Professor Erik Asphaug stops by the show to discuss AOSAT-1, a tiny spacecraft that will contain experiments to study the surface of asteroids. AOSAT-1 will rotate once every minute, creating a force inside that exactly mimics gravity on an asteroid. We discuss how AOSAT-1, a cubesat, is being designed and built, and how it may launched from the space station in a “cubesat cannon”.