One of the potential uses for chipsats may be:
Chipsats, which are smaller and cheaper still, are seen as disposable sensors that could be sent on suicide missions to explore hostile environments, such as Saturn’s rings.
It sounds sensible: currently, only near the end of life (such as currently with Cassini) do scientists dare to make measurements that are risky or suicidal. But with cheap, disposable chipsats in the hold of an interplanetary spacecraft, one could push some into the atmosphere of the giant planets or other hostile environments. Although the science payload would be naturally limited, they could provide valuable data where no other in-situ measurements are available.
Are there any concrete plans to bring chipsats along on interplanetary space exploration missions? By concrete plans, I mean chipsats as part of proposals that are under formal consideration by space agencies.