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American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- Aug. 13, 2008
Date:8/19/2008

mperature-regulating film that brings this sci-fi vision of "micro-spacecraft" weighing barely 50 pounds and 10-pound "nano-spacecraft" closer to reality.

"We don't have the processes in space to remove excess heat or keep the spacecraft warm in excess cold," says Prasanna Chandrasekhar. "It may sound very trivial, but controlling the temperature of a spacecraft is absolutely crucial. Currently, there is no way to do it for very small spacecraft."

With the cost of orbiting one pound of payload hovering around $5,000, micro-spacecraft are expected to be the thrust of future aerospace development. With these miniature craft, NASA, military and private firms will be able to launch more probes and satellites at lower cost, opening the doors to profound new applications for communications and defense. But before the first micro-spacecraft can blast off, scientists need to shrink the titanic thermal regulation systems used to help prevent today's ships from frying in the harsh sunlight of space or freezing in the pitch black absence of it. AD

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CONTACT:
Prasanna Chandrasekhar
Ashwin-Ushas Corporation, Inc
Lakewood, NJ 08701
Phone: 732-462-1270
Fax: 732-431-2496
Email: chandra.p2@ashwin-ushas.com


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Green skies ahead: Chemists target sustainability
Chemical & Engineering News

Amid rising concerns about oil supplies, the effects of global warming, and other environmental issues, ACS' weekly newsmagazine Chemica
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