An Affordable, Low-Risk Approach to Launching Research Spacecraft as Tertiary Payloads

F.M. Pranajaya, R.E. Zee, Per Lundahl Thomsen, Mogens Blanke, Rafal Wisniewski, L. Franklin, J. Puig-Suari

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    Rapid and affordable access to space for university researchers and educators has always been a challenge. Despite the availability of lower-cost (e.g. Russian) launch vehicles, launching payloads 20 kg or less typically involves a certain minimum cost that necessitates a cost sharing arrangement among numerous parties and the handling of complex export control issues. In turn, this complicates mission scheduling and increases the risk of missing launch deadlines. The University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Space Flight Laboratory (UTIAS/SFL) has taken a leading role in addressing this challenge, and has successfully led a group of international spacecraft developers in manifesting one 1-kg Canadian spacecraft, two 1-kg Danish spacecraft, and one 3-kg American spacecraft on a 2003 Eurockot launch. This paper outlines the approach taken by UTIAS/SFL in negotiating and securing launches for its own spacecraft in collaboration with other spacecraft developers. A summary of how this approach is applied in planning and coordinating the June 2003 Eurockot launch is also presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings 17th AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites
    Publication date2003
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    Event17th AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites - Logan, United States
    Duration: 11 Aug 200314 Aug 2003


    Conference17th AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


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