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Space. Raymond: Small satellites and fast data transforming space business (Sandra Erwin, Space News)

Tiny but powerful spacecraft enabled by microelectronics and advanced propulsion is a transformative trend in the space industry that will benefit national security, Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of space operations of the U.S. Space Force, said Sept. 13.

Technology has made it possible for the industry to make smaller and cheaper payloads that can be deployed in large numbers to serve as eyes in the sky and move data around the globe in seconds. The combination of small satellites and computing power is one of the most exciting developments seen in space technology, Raymond said at a New America virtual conference sponsored by Arizona State University.

Raymond: Small satellites and fast data transforming space business – SpaceNews