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Nano Satellite Launch Challenge

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Nano Satellite Launch Challenge
The Challenge is to deliver a payload with a mass of at least 1 kilogram and dimensions of at least 10x10x11 centimeters to Earth orbit, complete at least one orbit past the launch site, and deliver payloads successfully at least two times in one week. The Challenge is to deliver a payload with a mass of at least 1 kilogram and dimensions of at least 10x10x11 centimeters to Earth orbit, complete at least one orbit past the launch site, and deliver payloads successfully at least two times in one week. The goal of this challenge is to develop: 1) a safe, low-cost, small payload delivery system for frequent access to Earth orbit; 2) innovations in propulsion and other technologies as well as operations and management for broader applications in future launch systems; and 3) a commercial capability for dedicated launches of small satellites at a cost comparable to secondary payload launches--a potential new market with Government, commercial, and academic customers. The submission period runs from June 2012 to December 2013. More »

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