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CubeSats

CubeSat specification proposed by Stanford Prof. Bob Twiggs, maintained & upgraded by Cal Poly

Very stable specification – few changes over time

Standardization has created a growth industry serving the CubeSat community’s needs

Deployers – P-POD (Cal Poly), X-POD (SFL/UTIAS), etc.

Solar panels

Power systems

Radios

Popular – ca. 20 10x10x10cm (1U) CubeSats launched

Launch costs have stayed at $30-$50k / CubeSat

Launch providers now showing strong interest (NASA, SpaceX, Russia, India, etc.)

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