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Ultra Low Cost Satellite Bus (ULCSB)

August 28, 2021 — Thomas Leavitt

The payload of any one satellite, while still benefiting from low cost instrumentation built in volume, is still likely to be highly customized. However, as NASA Ames identified with the Modular Common Spacecraft Bus (MCSB) and Rocket Labs is exploring with its Earth orbit based "Photon" system, there should be significant savings to be had with using a common set of "infrastructure" among multiple satellites.

The Ultra Low Cost Satellite Bus (ULCSB) is intended to take this benefit, and then vastly enhance it by transforming the satellite manufacturing process from hand-built one-offs to a "production line" approach in which these elements are built in volume.

Tags: satellite-bus, payload, thepitch