How to launch small payloads? Evaluation of current and future small payload launch systems

McIntyre, Stuart and Fawcett, Travis and Dickinson, Thomas and Maddock, Christie Alisa and Mogavero, Alessandro and Ricciardi, Lorenzo and Toso, Federico and West, Michael and Kontis, Kostantinos and Lo, Kin Hing and Rengarajan, Sriram and Evans, David and Milne, Andy and Feast, Simon (2016) How to launch small payloads? Evaluation of current and future small payload launch systems. In: 14th Reinventing Space Conference, 2016-10-24 - 2016-10-27, Royal Society.

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    Abstract

    This paper describes a preferable vehicle classification alongside a brief description of key technologies available on the shelf or under development to address the demand of the small payload market. This is followed by a discussion on the investigation of the current market and the future forecast; regarding the delivery of small payloads into orbit.