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November 2015 Spotlight Feature in SPACE NEWS

 This article is reproduced with the permission of SPACENEWS November 2, 2015 Making Launch Affordable –Debra Werner SAN FRANCISCO — Microcosm President James Wertz, a professor and author of space reference tomes, points to history to explain the importance of...

Sprite, a Very Low-Cost Launch Vehicle for Small Satellites

Abstract: The Scorpius low-cost launch vehicle architecture greatly reduces the cost of space access due to its emphasis on designing specifically for low total life cycle cost. Due to its simplicity, a pressure-fed launch vehicle is low in cost compared with pump-fed...

Reinventing Disaster Reconnaissance through Space Assets

Abstract: When a disaster occurs, an aggressive machine of governments, agencies, and volunteers immediately reacts to the event with a lack of information. Currently, agencies rely on unstable communications, perhaps UAV passes (which may be politically limited), or,...

Hummingbird: Versatile Interplanetary Mission Architecture

Abstract: This paper will present the Hummingbird concept and its strengths that enable versatile interplanetary mission architectures.  Interplanetary missions and system architectures for small satellites require a new type of thinking.  Specifically, taking...

Methods for Achieving Dramatic Reductions in Space Missions Cost

Abstract: The methods, processes, and technologies currently in use for major space programs are based on 50 years of lessons learned in the exploration of space. They draw on a large number of both successes and failures in space and represent our collective wisdom...