Hosted Payload Forum: Smallsats vs. Hosted Payloads: How Tough a Choice is it?
Date of Event:
March 10th, 2014
10:45 - 12:00
Hosted Payload Forum
The emergence of the hosted payload as a viable mission configuration has been mirrored by the return of smallsats as an option for operators regardless of mandate. Advocates of smallsats essentially sing the same song as proponents of hosted payloads – mission flexibility, lowered costs, less risk, faster time to orbit, reduced operational and technical complexity. The attributes may be similar, but the trade-offs can be profound. Which option will work better, given mission and funding? Is decreased operational autonomy on some fronts worth more than full control on others? Can a shared platform attract the investment and commitment that a dedicated spacecraft demands? And how can mission planners and spacecraft owners effectively evaluate the pluses and minuses of two very different approaches?
Vice President, Space
Program Executive, Small Spacecraft Technology Program
Phoenix Program Manager
Senior Vice President, Government Policy and Strategy
Dr. John Paffett