Wednesday, August 17, 2005

"Its like Pandroa's Box, But I can use it!"

Borrowing from amateur astronomers, German researchers have developed a folding space telescope that collapses into the size of a large suitcase during launch but which unpacks to its full length once in orbit.

By collapsing that space, the team was able to reduce the DST’s volume during launch by 70% and its weight by 50% compared to other space telescopes with similar apertures.

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