Robotic arm moving small satellite
The silver ring depicted in the Spaceflight illustration above is an ESPA ring developed by Moog under a U.S. Air Force contract. The black ring is called Hub and was manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space. It is similar to the ESPA Grande payload adapter.
On the left, Abe Bonnema, ISIS Space marketing director, answers questions at the ISIS exhibit at the Small Satellite Conference at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, Aug. 8, 2018.
“There are definite limitations to small spacecraft,” said NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology program executive Chris Baker (left). “They are not the solution for everything but they can be part of the solution.” Credit: Keith Johnson for SpaceNews
Tim Lynch, general manager for Harris Corp. Mission Solutions, chaired the Year in Review session at the 2018 Small Satellite Conference in Logan Utah. Mission Solutions, the group focused on small satellites and hosted payloads, falls under the company's Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance business unit. Credit: Harris/Irene Lockwood
ThrustMe Chief Technical Officer Dmytro Rafalskyi installs a thruster in a thermal vacuum chamber. Credit: ThrustMe
Astro Digital is building Helios Wire's 20-kilogram satellites with a machine-to-machine communications payload built to Helios Wire's specifications. Credit: Helios Wire
“We are looking more specifically at the type of technology rather than resolution.”
— Tahara Dawkins, NOAA’s commercial remote sensing regulatory affairs director
There is a growing recognition within the industry that small satellites could become targets if hackers identify ways to profit from gaining access to their networks or ways to inflict harm by controlling or disabling them. Credit: iStock
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Rob Zitz, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at SSL, a Maxar Technologies company. (Keith Johnson for SpaceNews)
Rocket Lab's Electron small-satellite launcher didn’t make orbit in its May 2017 debut but a second launch in January orbited cubesats for Planet and Spire. Credit: Rocket Lab
AAC Clyde North America CEO F. Brent Abbott (right) talks to Jared Bottoms of Kepler Communications at the AAC Clyde booth at the Small Satellite Conference at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. (Keith Johnson for SpaceNews)

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