How to launch small payloads? Evaluation of current and future small payload launch systems

Stuart McIntyre, Travis Fawcett, Thomas Dickinson, Christie Alisa Maddock, Alessandro Mogavero, Lorenzo Ricciardi, Federico Toso, Michael West, Kostantinos Kontis, Kin Hing Lo, Sriram Rengarajan, David Evans, Andy Milne, Simon Feast

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This paper describes a preferable vehicle classification alongside a brief description of key technologies available on the shelf or under development to address the demand of the small payload market. This is followed by a discussion on the investigation of the current market and the future forecast; regarding the delivery of small payloads into orbit.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2016
Event14th Reinventing Space Conference - Royal Society, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Oct 201627 Oct 2016


Conference14th Reinventing Space Conference
Abbreviated titleRI Space
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • small payload satellite market
  • launch vehicles
  • vehicle classification
  • air launch
  • propulsion
  • thermal control
  • reusability
  • future predictions
  • market evaluation

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