Honey, I shrunk the satellites: How CubeSats are taking space missions by storm

Since their inception in 2003, more than 1,000 CubeSats have been to space. Photo: NASA

The US space agency Nasa is readying a micro-oven-sized robotic spacecraft, CAPSTONE, to send to the moon soon. Not long ago, MarCO- A and B, two briefcase-sized probes, trailed Nasa’s InSight spacecraft all the way to Mars.

The MarCO twins were the communication sentinels for the InSight mission. They relayed crucial information to earth about how......