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Wednesday, February 3 • 14:20 - 14:40
Launching Small Satellites to the International Space Station – An Industry Perspective

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NanoRacks, a leader in commercial services on the International Space Station (ISS), has been deploying CubeSats from the ISS since 2012. It was not until February 2014, however, that the true impact of the ISS on the CubeSat market was realized. During this time, 33 CubeSats were deployed from the ISS via the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD). This was unprecedented and created the ability to regularly deploy constellations of CubeSats into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). To date, NanoRacks has deployed a total of 96 CubeSats from the ISS, with 48 deployed in 2015 alone. 

Since the first deployments via the NRCSD in 2014, NanoRacks has worked closely with NASA and JAXA to continue exploring options to increase the capacity for CubeSat deployments from the ISS. One of the main challenges in doing so is the limited amount of JEM airlock cycles available. To combat this, NanoRacks has developed the non-traditional 6U NRCSD design to optimize the volume of the JEM airlock on board the ISS. In addition to increased capacity for CubeSats on the ISS, the demand from the small satellite community for non-traditional form factors has notably increased. This was the main driving force for the development of the Kaber Small Satellite Deployment System, which has the capacity to deploy satellites from the ISS up to approximately 65 kilograms in mass via a separation ring. Without the rigid constraints of a traditional CubeSat deployer interface, this new commercial small satellite deployer on the ISS can support a wide variety of form factors. 

The accompanying presentation will offer an industry perspective on the role of the ISS in the small satellite industry, analyzing the launch and deployment process and how it differs from traditional launch services. A particular focus will be placed on international partnerships NanoRacks has fostered, emphasizing some of the challenges and benefits to launching non-US payloads to the ISS. The presentation will also offer a brief look at how the increasing demand and agility inherent to the small satellite community is helping drive the commercial utilization of the ISS. Payload integration highlights and mission examples demonstrating rapid innovation cycles will be displayed.

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Yaroslav “Yarko” Pustovyi

President, Canadian Space Commerce Association
Dr. Yaroslav “Yarko” Pustovyi was part of the first astronaut group selected by the National Space Agency of Ukraine (NSAU). In 1997 he served as a backup payload specialist for the STS-87 Space Shuttle Columbia flight. He is a co-founder and Vice President of Space 1 Systems... Read More →

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Conor Brown

External Payloads Manager, NanoRacks, LLC
Graduated in 2013 from Queen’s University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. External Payloads Coordinator at NanoRacks, LLC since January, 2014. Currently specializing in small satellites and their deployment from the International Space Station (ISS). Primary... Read More →

Wednesday February 3, 2016 14:20 - 14:40
Champagne Ballroom 45 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1W2

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