CubeSats STMSat-1, CADRE and MinXSS are deployed from the International Space Station during Expedition 47. (Credit: NASA)
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., June 8, 2018 (Aerospace Corporation PR) – The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy (CSPS) released a new policy paper today that explores the benefits of Launch Unit standards for smallsats during its Emerging Issues in Space Technology and Policy event at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
In recent years, smallsats have proven to be invaluable in the space domain. Currently, most smallsats are launched as secondary payloads when there is excess space in a launch vehicle, and every deployment must be specifically designed for each smallsat. CSPS’s new Setting the Standard: Launch Units for the SmallSat Era paper discusses the implementation of a launch standard for medium-class (25-200 kilogram) smallsats and the benefits those standards would provide to smallsat manufacturers, launch providers, government satellite acquisition programs, and other key stakeholders.
“More than 6,000 smallsats are expected to launch in the next 10 years, which is six times more than in the previous decade,” said Carrie O’Quinn, senior project engineer for Aerospace’s Research and Development Department. “As smallsats have increased in popularity, many stakeholders continue ...