The advent of small spacecraft presents a unique and significant opportunity for NASA to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate new technologies in a space environment. Small spacecraft can be faster and easier to develop and launch, thus reducing overall life cycle costs. Small spacecraft also offer the capability of demonstrating novel mission concepts and architectures. This feature represents a powerful value proposition and also enables new types of space architectures and missions not currently possible.
The Small Spacecraft Technology Program (SSTP) with the Office of the Chief Technologist was established to mature mid-level technologies and demonstrate them in the space environment.
More information on the SSTP is available at the URL http://www.nasa.gov/smallsats
Edison Demonstration of Smallsat Networks (EDSN) Flight demonstration of a swarm of eight, 1.5U-sized CubeSats simultaneously deployed into a loose swarm in low Earth orbit. The development phase will be completed in less than two years, with launch planned in mid-2013 for a 60-day operations phase. EDSN will host a competitively procured scientific instrument aimed at distributed, multipoint space weather measurements
TechEdSat TechEdSat is a NASA Ames Research Center 1U CubeSat built by San Jose State University Students in partnership with ÅAC Microtec. It's mission is to evaluate Space Plug-and-play Avionics (SPA) designed in Sweden by ÅAC Microtec, and to perform a communications experiment utilizing the Iridium and Orbcomm satellite phone network. TechEdSat will be launched to the International Space Station aboard HTV-3 on 26 June 2012. From there, it will be deployed into Low Earth Orbit using the JAXA J-SSOD deployer, from the JEM.
For more information, please visit http://www.techedsat.com