A satellite is defined as a natural or man-made object that orbits around a body. There are natural satellites (such as the moon and Earth) and man-made satellites composed of mechanical components. A small satellite, also known as a SmallSat, is a classification of satellite that is compact and falls under a specific mass line. Individual components of a satellite work together to execute specific functions while in orbit. These functions can include observation of astronomical objects, movement, and communication through space. Small satellites can work independently or in a versatile network to execute specialized missions such as observation, communication, or scientific experiments.

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