Policy Compliance Roadmap for Small Satellites

Small satellites in orbit

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Today, the space enterprise encompasses many players and stakeholders, including small businesses, universities, affinity organizations, and even primary schools. This paper explores U.S. space policies and how they apply to satellite missions that may not fit the “typical” mold on launch missions that may not have a single responsible agency. Where applicable, we have outlined the processes and approvals involved in getting to space. In addition, we have identified where further work is required to fill in policy gaps and “gray areas” in the overall policy picture.