CubeSat Material Validation for Launch Survivability Can No Longer be Ignored.


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

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