CubeSats are relatively inexpensive when compared to traditional vehicle size satellites. However, small sat functionality in surviving a launch is likely to fail before operational in space.
According to Mark Betancourt, Air & Space Smithsonian, January 2016, “…One out of every three CubeSats that reaches orbit fails to accomplish its mission (one in four is lost in a launch failure)…”
Some CubeSat manufacturers have reported up to 50% operational loss in space. During build, are ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014 ESD Protocols being observed to insure best value for the taxpayer?
Do you realize that Field Induced Model ESD Discharges do occur during a Launch? Practicing sound electrostatic discharge (ESD) controls can support CubeSat survivability in the assembly process by the utilization of sound NASA ESD procedures.
Place: Aerojet Rocketdyne
Canoga Park, CA
Date: 26 January 2017
Time: 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Presentation: "CubeSats Require ESD Handling Protocols for Launch
& Space Survivability"
Invited Speaker: Bob Vermilion, CPP, Fellow
Certified, ESD & Product Safety Engineer-iNARTE SME Electrostatics for Aerospace & Defense
RMV Technology Group, LLC
NASA-Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA 94035