Space Exploration: From Science Fiction to the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory
Space travel and exploration are popular settings for works of science fiction and can be a source of inspiration for space technology. What scientists and engineers can actually do with space technology is different from what is presented in fiction, though the discoveries are no less fascinating. Scientists and engineers working with small satellites are changing the nature of the space program and enhancing space missions by increasing access to space technology and encouraging innovation in spacecraft building. Advances in miniaturization, design, and electronics have led to significant discoveries in the capabilities of small satellites. Here at The University of Texas at Austin, students are sharing in the excitement of these discoveries at the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory.