Small satellites, commonly referred to as nano-satellites, have become a matter of immense discussion, analysis, and research in the technological circles. The rising levels of standardisation for these satellites coupled with reduced costs have been a key reason behind the growing popularity of such satellites. From 1990 to 2012, the total number of satellites launched every year averaged to 10 satellites, and this number is believed to touch 3000 in the six years following 2012. The European space sector is projected to emerge as a key global entity in the coming years, majorly due to the energy storage capabilities of the regional space sector. Energy storage is a key standpoint to determine the effectiveness of the space sector, and hence, nano-satellites need to be optimized for energy storage.
Energy Storage Standpoints
The key standpoints that play a pivotal role in the growth of the space sector are energy density, safety, vacuum compatibility, robustness, operation temperature window, and radiation resistance. Furthermore, Internet of Things (IoT) is also a key area that has lately contributed towards enhancing the energy storage capabilities of nano-satellites. The European Union (EU) has funded the MONBASA project that is on a quest to develop a storage solution for nano-satellites.
The entire world is becoming increasingly inclined towards development of better space technologies, and this shall play a key role in the growth of the space satellite sector. Furthermore, several new projects aimed at optimizing the energy storage capacity of nano-satellites are also expected to come to the fore.