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Samara State Aerospace University (SSAU) recently hosted its International Summer Space School, titled “Advanced space technology and experiments: From idea to nano-satellite mission.”

According to the Russian newspaper, Volga Commune, “For two weeks, students from Italy, the United States, Portugal, Japan, Romania, Mexico, Colombia, Kazakhstan and Russia worked together develop their own nanosatellites.”

A nano-satellite (or nanosat) is a device with a wet mass of up to 10kg (or 22 pounds). It may be launched individually or, in some cases in “swarms” of multiple nanosats. Here’s a quick introduction:

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