[amsat-bb] Current Launch Costs From Spaceflight

Bryce Salmi bstguitarist at gmail.com
Fri Aug 1 19:59:26 UTC 2014

Nailed it

On Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 12:57 PM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

> > Can some explain to me and others the big deal about cube sats?
> > I just dont get it.
> Standardization!  But the real payoff from standardization is REDUCED RISK
> to the launch provider.  Instead of having to micromanage every detail of
> satellite design so that the launch provider can GURARANTEE the safety to
> the main payload ($100,000,000) due to secondary small sats, the CUBESAT
> spec defines all the restraints and details.  Thus, orders of magnitudes
> worth of fussy details necessary to assure absolute safety of the primary
> payload do not have to be done for each and every secondary small sat,
> just ONE standard.
> Then, all the small sats have to do is comply with the spec.
> This is why we are starting to see large numbers of cubesats, because now
> the LAUNCH providers only have to deal with ONE set of issues (cubesat
> spec) and not sixty different payloads, organizations, and 60 different
> unique risks.
> Bob, WB4APR
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