Paper Title

The Challenges and Benefits of Increasing Small Satellite Constellations Capacity

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Location

Henderson Welcome Center

Start Date

16-1-2018 9:30 AM

End Date

16-1-2018 10:45 AM

Abstract

Since the early 2000s, small satellites have advanced at an astonishing rate and continue to do so today. However, as the familiarity with small sats increases and their cost decreases, companies are proposing the eventual launch of “mega” constellations ranging from 100-1000 small sats. These increasing constellations bring with them many challenges. Such as, high failure rates, space situational awareness, control complications, and increasing the already risky endeavor of spaceflight. This paper will seek to define the challenges of increasing the capacity of small satellite constellations, their technological problems, the benefits from this endeavor, and how this increase is continuing to drive innovation within the industry from small to large contenders alike.

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The Challenges and Benefits of Increasing Small Satellite Constellations Capacity

Henderson Welcome Center

Since the early 2000s, small satellites have advanced at an astonishing rate and continue to do so today. However, as the familiarity with small sats increases and their cost decreases, companies are proposing the eventual launch of “mega” constellations ranging from 100-1000 small sats. These increasing constellations bring with them many challenges. Such as, high failure rates, space situational awareness, control complications, and increasing the already risky endeavor of spaceflight. This paper will seek to define the challenges of increasing the capacity of small satellite constellations, their technological problems, the benefits from this endeavor, and how this increase is continuing to drive innovation within the industry from small to large contenders alike.