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

RMV Technology Group, LLC

NASA-Ames Research Center

Moffett Field, CA 94035






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