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SmallSat Community Resources

A collection point for both NASA and other government agency documentation, references, plan templates, and conference material related to small spacecraft. Recommendations for this page?  Contact us!

S3VI Products
Small Spacecraft Community of Practice Webinar Series
Small Spacecraft Information / Federated Search (includes SPOON database)
Small Spacecraft Technology State of the Art Report
Working Groups and Initiatives
Small Satellite Reliability Initiative (SSRI) Knowledge Base Tool
– – SSRI Knowledge Base Tool Tutorial Webinar
Space-Based SmallSat Networks
New Certification Process for NASA Vendors
Documentation – NASA
Small Spacecraft Technology Program Guidebooks
Small Spacecraft Technology Program Guidebook for Technology Development Projects
Small Spacecraft Technology Program Configuration Management Plan Instructional Guide
Small Spacecraft Technology Program Orbital Debris Assessment Report & End of Mission Plan Instructional Guide
CubeSat 201
NASA Small Spacecraft Strategic Plan
NASA Engineering Network – Small Spacecraft Community of Practice (NASA only access)
NPR 7120.8A: NASA Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements
NPR 7120.5E: NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements (Updated w/Change 17)
NASA Science Mission Directorate Class-D Tailoring/Streamlining Decision Memorandum
Guidance on the Application of NASA Science Mission Directorate Class-D Tailoring/Streamlining Decision Memorandum for AOs
Orbital Debris Assessment Report (ODAR)
Direction to Protect Command Link and Other Aspects of Robotic Spacecraft (FIPS-140-2)
Spectrum Guidance for NASA Small Satellite Missions
Spectrum 101: An Introduction to National Aeronautics and Space Administration Spectrum Management
Documentation – Other Government Agencies and Organizations
What is the UNP Mission Concept Program?
Leveraging Commercial Space for Earth and Ocean Remote Sensing (2022)
State of the Space Industrial Base 2021
Infrastructure & Services for Economic Growth & National Security
Spaceflight Safety Handbook for Operators (Effective 1 Sep 20)
Recent NASA Launches
Recent NASA Launches: January 2022 – Present
NASA Launch Archive: December 2019 – December 2021
NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)
STMD Solicitations
STMD Awards
Mar 11, 2020 NASA Selects Universities for Collaborative Development of Small Spacecraft Technologies
Sept 13, 2019 NASA Funds CubeSat Pathfinder Mission to Unique Lunar Orbit
STMD in the News
– 2022 STP Technology Exposition
2021 STP Technology Exposition
Flight Opportunities Community of Practice
NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD)
Decadal Survey
Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s
JPSS-2 – LOFTID Best Practices Report (April 10 2023)
NASA SmallSat/CubeSat Fleet Missions Database
RideShare 101
SMD Rideshare Users Guide with Do No Harm – Generic Version
Launch Portal
NASA-STD-1006: Space System Protection Standard
NASA-SPD-32: SMD Rideshare Policy
SMD Solicitations
Conference and Workshop Results
Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Mission Concepts
Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies – Overview
Mars Ion and Sputtering Escape Network (MISEN)
Aeolus – A 2017 Planetart Science Deep Space SmallSat Study
Mars Aerosol Tracker (MAT)
Phobos/Deimos Regolith Ion Sample Mission (PRISM): Determining Origins
Chariot to the Moons of Mars – A NASA Planetary Sciences Deep Space SmallSat Studies Mission Concept
CubeSat UV Experiment (CUVE) – Unveil Venus’ UV Absorber with CubeSat UV Mapping Spectrometer
Cupid’s Arrow: a small satellite to measure noble gases in Venus atmosphere
Venus Airglow Measurements and Orbiter for Seismicity (VAMOS)
SAEVe: A Long Duration Small Sat Class Venus Lander
JUMPER: JUpiter MagnetosPheric boundary ExploreR
SNAP – Small Next-generation Atmospheric Probe – A Multiprobe Flagship Mission to Explore Ice Giant Uranus
Ross (neé, CAESAR)
APEX – Asteroid Probe Experiment
Primitive Object Volatile Explorer (PrOVE) – Waypoints and Opportunistic Deep Space Missions to Comets
Cube X – CubeSat X-ray Telescope for Lunar Elemental Abundance Mapping & Millisecond X-ray Pulsar Navigation
The Lunar Water Assessment, Transport, Evolution, and Resource (WATER) Small Satellite Mission Concept
Miniature Lunar Volatiles (MiLuV) Mission: Using a LIDAR Spectrometer to Map Lunar Volatiles
Bi-Sat Observations of the Lunar Atmosphere above Swirls (BOLAS): Tethered SmallSat Investigation of Hydration and Space Weather
IRREGULAR MARE PATCH EXPLORATION LANDER (IMPEL) – An Innovative Strategy for Exploring the Lunar Surface
Mars Micro Orbiter (MMO)
2021 SmallSat Virtual Form Report
Access to Space Workshop — Download the report
SMD Awards
Nov 12, 2021 NASA Awards Challenge Prizes to Startup Companies
Jun 25, 2021 Three Projects Awarded Under the In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies (InVEST) Program 
Dec 29, 2020 NASA Approves Heliophysics Missions to Explore Sun, Earth’s Aurora
Aug 28, 2020 NASA Selects Proposals for New Space Environment Missions
Mar 30, 2020 NASA Selects Mission to Study Causes of Giant Solar Particle Storms
Mar 16, 2020 NASA Selects Proposals to Study Volatile Stars, Galaxies, Cosmic Collisions
Feb 13, 2020 NASA Selects Four Possible Missions to Study the Secrets of the Solar System
Sept 3, 2019 NASA Selects Proposals to Advance Understanding of Space Weather EUVST, AETHER, EZIE
Aug 15, 2019 SETH SolarCruiser NASA Selects Proposals to Demonstrate SmallSat Technologies to Study Interplanetary Space
Aug 13 2019 SIHLA GLIDE NASA Selects Proposals to Further Study the Fundamental Nature of Space
Jul 1, 2019 RELEASE 19-053 NASA Selects 12 New Lunar Science, Technology Investigations (LSITP)
Jun 20, 2019 TRACERS, PUNCH: RELEASE 19-047 NASA Selects Missions to Study Our Sun, Its Effects on Space Weather
Jun 19, 2019 SIMPLEx JANUS, EscaPADE, Lunar Trailblazer: Small Satellite Concept Finalists Target Moon, Mars and Beyond
Sept 12, 2018 NASA Astrophysics Eyes Big Science with Small Satellites
Feb 5, 2018 PreFIRE: New NASA Space Sensors to Address Key Earth Science Questions
Aug 2, 2017 PUNCH TRACERS AWE SUNRISE NASA Selects Proposals to Study Sun, Space Environment
SMD in the News
Past Presentations
NASA Astrophysics CubeSats and SmallSats
Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)
HEO Solicitations
HEO Awards
Feb 20, 2020 NASA Announces Next Round of Candidates for CubeSat Space Missions
May 23, 2019 NASA Awards Artemis Contract for Lunar Gateway Power, Propulsion
HEO in the News
CubeSat 101 – Basic Concepts and Processes for First-Time CubeSat Developers

Upcoming Conferences and Events

Past Conferences and Events Results

NASA-Sponsored Activities at the Small Satellite Conference
2024 SciTech Forum
NASA Small Spacecraft Technology Program & Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute Overview
Small Satellite Conference 2023
– NASA Side Meetings
– – NASA Town Hall
– – Exploring Mars Together: Draft Plan for a Sustainable Future for Science at Mars
– NASA Short Talks
– – Session 1
– – Session 2
NASA Participation Guide 2023
Small Satellite Conference 2022
NASA Town Hall
– Ask Me Anything Panels
– – Ask Me Anything #1
– – Ask Me Anything #2
– – Ask Me Anything #3
– NASA Short Talks
NASA Participation Guide 2022
Small Satellite Conference 2021
NASA Town Hall
NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate – Virtual Exhibit
NASA Participation Guide SmallSat 2021
NASA Short Talks
– NASA Technical Presentations (NASA Ames Research Center Engineering Directorate)
– – V&V for Autonomy
– – – Download the presentation 
– – – Watch the recording 
– – Starling Mission: ROMEO Experiment for Autonomous Swarm Control
– – – Download the presentation
– – – Watch the recording 
Small Satellite Conference 2020
NASA Town Hall
NASA Short Talks
Access to Space for All Systems Engineering
NASA/UNOOSA Systems Engineering Webinar Series
 Conferences and Events Sponsored by Other Organizations
Adapting Mission Assurance Workshop 2022
– Sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Space Dynamics Laboratory

S3VI Quarterly Newsletters

Small Spacecraft Body of Knowledge