A guide to NewSpace microsatellites – exploring 100-400 kg class platforms

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 Microsatellite platforms are of increasing interest to mission designers and satellite service operators around the world.

Reduced launch costs have made heavier systems more affordable, and innovation in sub-systems means that mission designers have more options for useful equipment that they may want to take on-board.

For Earth Observation purposes there are also fundamental limits on how small aperture sizes can be in order to achieve certain resolutions. The more accuracy you need, the larger the optical payload has to be; and so the bigger the satellite. 

Microsatellite platforms and buses have been developed to meet these industry demands, and in this webinar you can hear from four expert manufacturers in this market segment discuss some of the opportunities they can bring to missions, and provide technical information on how to work with such technologies.



Presenters

The presenters in this webinar were all experienced manufacturers of platforms for microsatellites and are paying members of the satsearch membership program.

The individual slide decks for the presentations are freely available on each company’s supplier hub linked to below, alongside each speaker’s details:


Microsatellite products

The following systems are all manufactured by the satsearch members who presented in the webinar and were each referenced in the talks, or are related to the products discussed:

The Berlin Space Technologies LEOS-50MR is based on the second generation of LEOS-50 satellites. It is a small satellite platform for medium sized payloads. The satellite can be used for payloads with up to 15kg mass like BST's HRVI-6HD 2nd generation.

The Berlin Space Technologies LEOS-50HR is based on the second generation of LEOS-50 satellites. It is a small satellite platform for medium sized payloads. The satellite can be used for payloads with up to 30kg mass like BST's HRVI-2HD.

The Berlin Space Technologies LEOS-100 family builds on the proven LEOS-50 avionics. There are two versions of LEOS-100: LEOS-100HR with body mounted panels which supports large high precision instruments with 50cm GSD earth observation, and LEOS-100HP, which supports missions up to 2kW power requirement and up to 120 kg∙m^2 system moment of inertia.

The Berlin Space Technologies LEOS-100 family builds on the proven LEOS-50 avionics. There are two versions of LEOS-100: LEOS-100HR with body mounted panels which supports large high precision instruments with 50cm GSD earth observation and LEOS-100HP, which supports missions up to 2kW power requirement and up to 120 kg∙m^2 system moment of inertia.

The NanoAvionics Microsatellite Bus MP42 is a microsatellite bus with modular design, and standardized architecture optimized for constellation. All the subsystems of the MP42 bus are 20krad radiation tolerant. The subsystems of the MP42 are flight-proven as part of different missions. The MP42 bus includes a propulsion system. MP42 FlatSat access will be provided.

The NanoAvionics Multi-Purpose 16U Satellite Bus is a 16U satellite bus with modular design, and standardized architecture optimized for constellation. The standard configuration of the M16P bus is for IoT, M2M, ADS-B, AIS, other commercial and emergency communication applications, and scientific missions. M6P configuration for Earth Observation (EO) missions are available as an option.

The NanoAvionics Multi-Purpose 12U Satellite Bus is a 12U satellite bus with modular design, and standardized architecture optimized for constellation. The standard configuration of the M12P bus is for IoT, M2M, ADS-B, AIS, other commercial and emergency communication applications, and scientific missions. M6P configuration for Earth Observation (EO) missions are available as an option.

The ReOrbit Gluon Endure is a microsatellite platform optimized for high autonomy, fault tolerance and in-orbit networking. It is designed for LEO, MEO, GEO orbits and deep space missions, particularly for Earth Observation (EO) and orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs) applications. The design follows a payload-agnostic approach, maximizing service availability and cost effectiveness. The Gluon family of products is scalable from 150 kg to 500 kg platforms.

The ReOrbit Gluon Explorer is a microsatellite platform optimized for high autonomy, fault tolerance and in-orbit networking. It is designed for MEO, GEO and deep space orbits, particularly for GNSS, data relays, Satcom and Earth Observation (EO) applications. The design follows a payload-agnostic approach, maximizing service availability and cost effectiveness. The Gluon family of products is scalable from 150 kg to 500 kg platforms.

The ReOrbit Gluon Lite is a microsatellite platform optimized for high autonomy, fault tolerance and in-orbit networking. It is designed for LEO orbits, particularly for Earth Observation (EO) constellations. The design follows a payload-agnostic approach, maximizing service availability and cost effectiveness. The Gluon family is scalable up to 500 kg platforms.

The Space Inventor 6U satellite is a platform configured from modular subsystems suitable for IOD, scientific, educational, BIU and IoT missions. The basic subsystems include power plant for power generation, conditioning and distribution, on-board data handling, communication to ground segment, and attitude determination and control system.

The Space Inventor 12U satellite is a platform configured from modular subsystems suitable for IOD, scientific, educational, BIU and IoT missions. The basic subsystems include power plant for power generation, conditioning and distribution, on-board data handling, communication to ground segment, and attitude determination and control system.

The Space Inventor 16U is a platform configured from modular subsystems and is available for geostationary orbit missions. The basic subsystems include power plant for power generation, conditioning and distribution, on-board data handling, communication to ground segment, and attitude determination and control system.

The Space Inventor Microsatellite is a customizable platform configured from modular subsystems and is available for geostationary orbit missions. The platform integration by design provides 360° access to all the internal systems. The basic subsystems include power plant for power generation, conditioning and distribution, on-board data handling, communication to ground segment, and attitude determination and control system.

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