Revolutionizing Launch Access for Small Satellites
Developing a standard Launch Unit for mid-sized smallsats will enable payloads to be configured quickly, efficiently, and at a reduced cost. As it becomes possible to swap satellites into predefined launch configurations, more launch opportunities will become available for everyone.
Improving Access to Space through Small Satellite Standards
Compact satellites often need to hitch a ride with larger payloads sponsored by any combination of government, civil, and commercial entities. Ridesharing on payload adapters have helped to make better use of cargo space; however, integration issues remain as each small payload has bespoke size and engineering requirements. Developing a standard Launch Unit for mid-sized smallsats will enable payloads to be configured quickly, efficiently, and at a reduced cost.
thoughts about Launch-U?
Like the CubeSat and ESPA-class standards, Launch-U aims to be adopted as the industry norm for mid-sized small satellites. To make this standard a reality, we encourage feedback from the entire SmallSat community.
Setting the Standard: Launch Units for the SmallSat Era
Developing a launch standard for the rapidly growing smallsat industry could yield benefits in capabilities and agility—yet obstacles may hinder widespread acceptance of a standard.