Small Spacecraft Technology


NASA Seeks Innovative Suborbital Flight Technology Proposals
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NASA Seeks Academic Partners for Smallsat Technology Collaboration
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NASA Seeks Big Ideas for Small In-Space Propulsion Systems
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Suborbital Flight Opportunities for Small Spacecraft Technologies
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Past Solicitations


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Questions? Contact Program Manager Bruce Yost or Program Executive Andrew Petro.

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Small Spacecraft Technology Program

Smallsat Technology Partnerships Selections

The Small Spacecraft Technology Program has selected 13 university teams to collaborate with NASA on development and demonstration of new technologies and capabilities to spur innovation in communications, guidance, navigation and control, propulsion, power, science instrument capabilities, and advanced manufacturing for small spacecraft. Selected project teams include members from 17 universities who will be working with engineers and scientists from six NASA field centers.
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› NASA press release

About the Small Spacecraft Technology Program

The Small Spacecraft Technology Program develops and demonstrates new capabilities employing the unique features of small spacecraft for science, exploration and space operations.


Four Flight Demonstration Projects
EDSN (Edison Demonstration of SmallSat Networks
OCSD (Optical Communication and Sensor Demonstration)
ISARA (Integrated Solar Array and Reflectarray Antenna)
CPOD (Cubesat Proximity Operations Demonstration)

FY13 Solicitations

Smallsat Technology Partnerships (NNA13ZUA001C) – opportunity for collaboration between universities and NASA researchers for small spacecraft technology development and demonstration.

Small Spacecraft Technology Development (Appendix E of NNL12A3001N) – in partnership with the STMD Flight Opportunities Program, an opportunity for development of small spacecraft propulsion technology and small earth return vehicles.

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Small Spacecraft Technology in the News

NASA Smallsat Technology Partnerships Projects Selected in 2013
NASA has selected 13 university teams for collaborative projects to develop and demonstrate new technologies and capabilities and spur innovation in communication, navigation, propulsion, science instruments, and advanced manufacturing for small spacecraft.

NASA's Tiny 'PhoneSats' From Smartphones Show Promise  →
PhoneSats have a future — perhaps as low-cost weather satellites or Earth-observation platforms.

Administrator Bolden and Rep. Honda Check Out PhoneSats at NASA Ames  →
During the PhoneSats brief stint in space, they communicated with ground stations and even managed to send back photos of the earth.

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Page Last Updated: August 12th, 2013
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