THE SMALL SATELLITE REVOLUTION

Are Flying Discs the Future of Small Satellites?

An alternate approach to the CubeSat provides the benefits of a small satellite with large surface areas that can be dedicated to antennas or instruments needing exposure to space.

DiskSat prototypes — a novel, thin circular satellite standard — in the lab.

How did the DiskSat concept come about? Was there a particular inspiration?

Does the form factor of DiskSat give it any distinct advantages?

The DiskSat next to a 1.5U Cubesat

Are there any challenges with this new design?

How will the DiskSat launch dispenser mechanism work?

DiskSats shown stacked within a small launch vehicle fairing. DiskSats are high-power and high-aperture alternatives to CubeSats, launched in tight stacks but deployed individually to ensure no recontact between satellites.

What kind of missions would be well-suited for DiskSat?

When will DiskSat be tested on orbit?

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