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Satellite link-up

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Two miniature satellites designed to test the technology needed to let satellites fly in formation will be launched next week from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Each of these “picosatellites” is slightly larger than a deck of playing cards and weighs less than a kilogram. The communications system the picosatellites will try out is based on the technology used in cordless phones. At the same time researchers will investigate whether tethers can be used to provide fibre-optic links between small satellites. The craft will also test microelectromechanical components that may be used in future space missions.