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Nanosatellites propelled by electromagnetic field technology will be simpler, cost less and last longer in orbit



HUNDREDS OF NANOSATS—satellites weighing a few pounds or less—are launched a year, for research and communication. But while their electronics can last years, they usually fall out of orbit in months, thanks to atmospheric drag.

ELECTRIC RIDE: Prototype iEPS units—like this one being tested on a small satellite in a vacuum chamber— will be delivered later this month; final products will be ready next year.
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