PODS is a cost-effective system for sending small satellites to orbit. It carries small spacecraft to orbit attached to large satellites, and then dispenses them as free-flyers near GEO. With an average of 6 satellites launched each year, SSL can help you find a ride to space!
US Patent Pending, Application #14/716,795
SmallSat drop-off locations tailored to meet the mission needs. Applications include:
|• Space Situational Awareness||• Technology Demo with Rapid Refresh|
|• Deep Space Missions
(Moon, Mars, Asteroids)
|• Satellite Servicing
(Inspection / Repair / Refueling)
|• GEO “slot holder” satellite||• Constellation Deployment|
|• Earth Observation||• Heliophysics / Astrophysics Missions|
Deployed using dispenser of customer's choice. Examples include:
|MDA's Payload Ejection Mechanism (PEM)||Planetary Systems Corporation's Canisterized Satellite Dispenser||UTIAS SFL's XPOD Separation System||Innovative Solutions In Space QuadPack FM-01 dispenser||NASA Nano Launch Adapter System (NLAS)|
SSL can provide a PODS - Compatible bus designed to meet your payload needs
|PODS Bus Parameters:|
|SmallSat wet mass: Nominally 75kg|
|Payload mass: Nominally 15 kg|
|Design life: 5 years|
|Dimensions: 1m x 0.5m x 0.4m|
|Power: up to 50W at 28V|
|Event||Milestone Date (Months)|
|Host Contract Signing||Launch − 24|
|SmallSat or SmallSat Mass Model Delivery to SSL||Launch − 9|
|SmallSat Delivery to SSL||Launch − 3|
|SmallSat Final Integration to Host||Launch − 2|
|Combined Host / SmallSat Ship to Launch Base||Launch − 1|
|MicroSatellite Parameter||ICD Value|
|Launch Frequency||6 SSL launch opportunities per year|
|Nominal Volume including Dispenser||1m x 0.5m x 0.4m (Standard Sizing)
1m x 1m x 0.6m (Extended Sizing)
|Nominal Mass||90 kg (Standard Sizing)
150 kg (Extended Sizing)
|Available Power||150W average, 300W peak, 28-31 V|
|State During Launch||Off|
|Data Connection||MIL-STD-1553 (optional); other interfaces possible|
|Thermal Environment||-35 °C to + 60 °C non-operating|
|Launch Dynamics||Acoustic, static, vibration, shock envelope of common launch vehicles (Ariane 5, Proton, Falcon 9, Atlas)|
|Dispensing Orbits Available||GTO (at apogee), near GEO (300 km sub or super)|
|Deployment Video Available||Yes|
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Hosted payloads allow governments, scientific institutions, and organizations the benefit of having their mission payload on board a Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite with shorter lead times at lower costs than dedicated missions.
Dispensed Payloads allow affordable access to GTO or GEO for small missions, with shorter lead times than dedicated missions.
Low Risk Solutions with SSL's Vast Experience
SSL is a world leader with extensive experience in providing Hosted Payload Solutions. View a list of our Hosted Payload launch experience here.
Contact Al Tadros at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.