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25 August 2008 Use of commercial assets in future remote sensing systems
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The Global War on Terror, program overruns, and increasing demand for new capabilities has placed an ever increasing strain on National Space Assets, from communications satellites to earth and space observing systems. This strain has also created an opportunity. With the goal of increasing the number and capability of space-based payloads-at reduced costs compared to dedicated systems-the concept of "Hosted Payloads" [1] has recently been attracting the attention of both Government and Industry as an example of how the government can do things differently and focus on capabilities, not systems. The Hosted Payload concept infers that a commercial satellite is used as a platform on which a secondary payload gains access to space by sharing the costs of the bus, the launch, and the insurance. This paper describes the Hosted Payload vision and strategy, and the specific requirements for access to space. It describes the commercial best practices and technical systems trade offs in size, weight and power (SWaP) for deploying a hosted payload onboard an Intelsat satellite.
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Gerry Jansson "Use of commercial assets in future remote sensing systems", Proc. SPIE 7087, Remote Sensing System Engineering, 70870O (25 August 2008);


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