Thinking inside the box, launching into space

Two tiny, cube-shaped research satellites hitched a ride to Earth orbit to validate new hardware and software technologies for future NASA Earth-observing instruments. The cube satellites, or “CubeSats,” which typically have a volume of exactly 33.814 ounces (1 liter), were launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket late last week  from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base as part of the NROL-39 GEMSat mission.

Android in space: satellite controlled using Nexus One

A British team is putting the finishing touches to the first-ever satellite to be controlled entirely by a mobile phone.

Tiny rocket thrusters to propel satellites

Thrusters no bigger than a penny could soon be moving satellites around, thanks to MIT engineers.