Last update: December 7th, 2019 at 8:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features a pair of small nanosatellites, which perform an automated docking in orbit.
The RACE, Rendezvous Autonomous CubeSats Experiment, is the ESA’s latest in-orbit demonstration CubeSat mission.
According to the ESA, the RACE CubeSats will fly together in close formation, demonstrating the capability of nanosatellites to perform operations such as rendezvous and docking.
“RACE will act as an in-orbit testbed for advanced guidance, navigation and control software and autonomous system behaviour,” said Roger Walker, who is overseeing ESA’s technology CubeSats program. “And by making it possible to assemble larger structures in space in this way, these ambitious CubeSats could open up many novel types of missions in future.”
Image Credit: European Space Agency