April 5, 2000
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
Picture the Air Force's Thunderbirds flying in formation in an air show. Then imagine miniature satellites doing similar maneuvers in space. Introducing MIT's SPHERES project, in which 13 undergraduates in an MIT course have developed and are testing three satellites the size of volleyballs that they believe will help meet the latter goal. The Synchronized Position Hold Engage Re-orient Experimental Satellites will allow researchers to test a variety of technologies key to formation flying.
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