Cubesats in deep space?
Crikey. That'll keep the big dishes busy.
Amusing quote: "...Why is it in a sheep paddock?" Recognize it?
NASA has named seven of the 13 CubeSats which will, along with an unmanned Orion capsule, ride atop the Space Launch System (SLS) for the heavy lifter's first launch in 2018. While the principal objective of the Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) is to carry Orion "to a stable orbit beyond the moon to demonstrate the integrated …
SLS's "Block 1" configuration, capable of lifting 70 metric tonnes. Ultimately, NASA hopes the evolved system will provide "an unprecedented lift capability of 130 metric tons"
50 years on, and they've only just managed to reinvent the Saturn V. I'll bet it costs a tad more, though.
In a word. No.
So far they've got 4 flights which are basically Orion shakedowns with maybe an asteroid meeting
the whole lot (including the preeeding CxP) programme currently probably tops $20Bn with 1 launch (that of the Ares 1x upgraded SRB + dummy 2nd stage) to show for it.
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