This week, Altius is rolling out an updated homepage with a focus on a commercial ISS-enabled SmallSat deployment project (“HatchBasket™”) that we’re developing with the help of NanoRacks LLC. HatchBasket is a basket-shaped structure that carries one or more CubeSat/SmallSat deployers, which is designed to mount into the hatchway of an ISS cargo vehicle, immediately prior to departure from ISS. HatchBasket allows deployment of spacecraft at altitudes higher than ISS (potentially up to 500km altitude), giving them a much longer on-orbit lifetime.
We’ll be doing a series of blog posts over the coming days to explain in more detail what HatchBasket is, how it works, what type of unique missions it can enable, and what benefits it can provide customers (you can get a sneak preview by checking out our SmallSat paper on our publications page). But for those of you who have been following us for the past several years, we wanted to start with a little bit of back-story explaining how a space robotics company got involved with developing a small satellite deployment system.
Sticky Boom™/CSRM Flight Demonstration
Over the past several years, we have been developing prototype deployable robotics systems for spacecraft capture (Sticky Boom™), inspection (STEM ...