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From Wired Magazine:
It looks like an alien balloon. Except that it flies at 17,500 mph in near-Earth orbit and can carry a science experiment — potentially your science experiment — for two months before it burns up in the atmosphere.

Aerospace engineer Shaun Whitehead came up with the ThumbSat project because he wanted to help regular people send stuff into space. "We get slowed down by old-school ways of thinking," he says. "I hope that ThumbSat accelerates progress in space, inspires everyone to look up." His craft are so small that they fit into the nooks and crannies of commercial launchers, hitching a ride with bigger payloads and keeping costs down.

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