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Commercial remote sensing small-satellite feasibility study
Author(s): Ronald J. Birk; Jim M. Tompkins; Gregory S. Burns
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Paper Abstract

The Stennis Space Center acts as the program office for remote sensing activities on behalf of the NASA Office of Commercial Programs. Stennis is supplying systems engineering support to determine the technical and economic feasibility of a commercial remote sensing small satellite. Study efforts focus on the systems design of launch vehicle, sensor system, communications, attitude control, power, computational processing, and ground station capabilities. Results reveal that an example small satellite system, with a limited capability remote sensing payload, could be deployed for less than $20M. Technological advances and overall cost reductions in space systems may enable industry to develop new and expanded information service markets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1495, Small-Satellite Technology and Applications, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45871
Show Author Affiliations
Ronald J. Birk, Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. (United States)
Jim M. Tompkins, Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. (United States)
Gregory S. Burns, NASA/Science and Technology Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1495:
Small-Satellite Technology and Applications
Brian J. Horais, Editor(s)

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