Nanosatellite for Studying Exoplanets

Researchers of Laboratory Im. Draper and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) designed nanosatellite, called ExoPlanetSat. ExoPlanetSat is a three typical nanosatellite CubeSat into a single structure. The nano satellite has a volume of three liters, it’s 10 centimeters tall, 10 centimeters wide, and 30 centimeters long.According to researchers ExoPlanetSat will trak only perspective stars.ExoPlanetSat will search for planets by measuring the dimming of a star as an orbiting planet passes in front of it, a technique called transit observation.ExoPlanetSat, wich is designed for search “Terrestrial” celestial bodies, planned to start in 2012.

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