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NASA is funding designers of small spacecraft at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California, to develop a technology demonstration of an evolutionary alternative to the CubeSat standard that maintains the benefits of that platform while overcoming key limitations. DiskSat is a plate-shaped satellite 40 inches in diameter and an inch thick that could offer more power and surface area for instruments, providing more opportunities for NASA to expand upon target mission objectives for small spacecraft. This first DiskSat demonstration is anticipated to launch no earlier than April 2025.

Future Mission

Thinking Outside the CubeSat Box: DiskSat – A New Circular Small Spacecraft Design

Mission Type

Small Spacecraft

Led By

Small Spacecraft Technology Program

Launch Date

2025

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What is DiskSat?

NASA is funding designers of small spacecraft at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California, to develop a technology demonstration of an evolutionary alternative to the CubeSat standard that maintains the benefits of that platform while overcoming key limitations. DiskSat is a plate-shaped satellite 40 inches in diameter and an inch thick that could offer more power and surface area for instruments, providing more opportunities for NASA to expand upon target mission objectives for small spacecraft. This first DiskSat demonstration is anticipated to launch no earlier than April 2025.

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DiskSat
DiskSats shown stacked within a small launch vehicle fairing. DiskSats are high-power and high-aperture alternatives to CubeSats. DiskSats are launched in tight stacks but are deployed individually to ensure no recontact between satellites.
The Aerospace Corporation