Kinect in space

I wanted to have the title of this post be “Kinect in spaaaaaaaaaaaace” but worried that The Muppets reference may have got lost.

So what is Kinect doing in space? I saw this story last week in Gizmag explaining that Kinect is being used to enable tiny satellites to dock with one another. Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) is working with the University of Surrey in England to launch a pair of nano-satellites into orbit that are equipped with Kinect sensors. The intention is that the sensors will enable the minisats to find each other and dock to form a new, larger satellite.

Making modular satellites could be a real breakthrough for longevity, cost effectives and flexibility reasons. Imagine a satellite today with a broken part being written off a space junk. This technique could mean a satellite could be fixed by having a replacement part dock with it.

Is there any limit to what Kinect can be used for?

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