A cheap cubesat fleet could revolutionize gamma-ray burst detection

A constellation of tiny satellites could revolutionize the study of the most energetic explosion in the cosmos and help astronomers untangle the mysteries of colliding stellar remnants that produce powerful gravitational waves. 

In 2016, a group of Eastern European astronomers and space enthusiasts met in Hungary’s capital Budapest to discuss new ideas to do ground-breaking science. That is, to do ground-breaking science the Eastern European way: With tiny budgets and a lot of resourcefulness. Among these people were astronomers András Pál, a senior research fellow at Budapest’s Konkoly Observatory, and Norbert Werner, at that time newly appointed as the head of the “Hot Universe” research group at Budapest’s Eötvös Loránd University. In his late 30s and originally from the neighboring Slovakia, Werner had just returned to his native corner of the world after an eight-year stint at California’s famed Stanford University.


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