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January 22 2013

Real life Firefly spaceship...kinda. Robotic Spaceships called FireFlies will inspect asteroid mining targets, the first of which are targeted for launch in 2015.

FireFlies will conduct asteroid reconnaissance on the cheap. They'll be made from low-cost "cubesat" components and will hitch a ride to space aboard rockets that also carry large communications satellites, Deep Space officials said.

"We can make amazing machines smaller, cheaper and faster than ever before," Deep Space chairman Rick Tumlinson said in a statement. "Imagine a production line of FireFlies, cocked and loaded and ready to fly out to examine any object that gets near the Earth."

Yes cool! Will they look like little mini Firefly-class ships? That would be even cooler.
That would be cool, but I just hope the first one is named SERENITY.
From El Reg's article:

"While the team here honor and venerate the Firefly TV series, that's not why we named the probes," David Gump, CEO of DSI, told The Register. "They've called FireFlys because they are going to light the way to the asteroids and beyond."

Yeah. Right...

Still, best of luck to them!

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