April 29, 2019

Engineers from a Chinese start-up called LinkSpace tested a reusable rocket last week in a move towards launching shoebox satellites into space.


  • Size: Shoebox satellites is name for tiny, inexpensive satellites launched into orbit. They are called shoebox because of their size as they weigh less than 10 kg. 

  • Application: These satellites are expected to see an explosion in demand in the next few years. The expected demand is for services ranging from high-speed internet for aircraft to universities conducting experiments. 

  • Global scenario: Apart from the Chinese, American scientists have been developing such satellites. One of these, called RainCube (Radar in a CubeSat), sponsored by NASA, was launched into low-Earth orbit from the International Space Station in July 2018.