Nanosatellites - The Tool for a New Economy of Space: Opening Space Frontiers to a Wider AudienceGarcia-Cuadrado G*
Celestia Aerospace, Av. Gran via Carles III 157, 08017 Barcelona, Spain
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- Garcia-Cuadrado G
President and CEO - Celestia Aerospace
Av. Gran via Carles III 157, 08017 Barcelona, Spain
Tel: +34 620 28 58 91
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: May 03, 2017; Accepted date: June 02, 2017; Published date: June 06, 2017
Citation: Garcia-Cuadrado G (2017) Nanosatellites - The Tool for a New Economy of Space: Opening Space Frontiers to a Wider Audience. J Aeronaut Aerospace Eng 6:192. doi: 10.4172/2168-9792.1000192
Copyright: © 2017 Garcia-Cuadrado G. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Space is still a frontier. The advantages of research in microgravity conditions are still somehow a private niche of big aerospace contractors and main space agencies. But the landscape is changing and an incipient effort is being pursued to open space frontiers to small and medium-sized companies, universities, under-developed countries and non-profits. We will revise the advantages of microgravity research and a tool to conduct it at low-cost, rapid response and flexibility through the use of nanosatellites opening thus space frontiers to a wider audience. These highly capable satellites can support a wide range of mission objectives, from pure research to technology demonstrators and space qualification tests. The small satellites market is valued 600 M USD to 1.000 M USD yearly with an estimated 2.200 to 2.700 needed launches in the 2015-2020 timeframe. We will also introduce a new launcher under development to serve specifically the nanosatellite incipient market to help solve the scarce launching opportunities served today by conventional launchers.