Hosted Payloads

The term “hosted payloads” refers to the utilization of available capacity on commercial satellites to accommodate additional transponders, instruments, or other spacebound items. By “hitchhiking” on commercial spacecraft already scheduled for launch, government agencies can send sensors and other equipment into space on a timely and cost-effective basis.

The National Space Transportation Policy directs federal agencies to actively explore hosted payloads and other ride-sharing arrangements when planning space missions.

NOAA Issues Commercial Space Policy

Cover of the 2016 NOAA Commercial Space Policy

Today, NOAA issued its Commercial Space Policy, which sets a broad framework for use of commercial space-based approaches for the agency. The document, NOAA Administrative Order 217-109, establishes critical components for engaging with the commercial sector. Learn more The policy reflects public comments

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NOAA Releases Draft Commercial Space Policy

On September 1, NOAA published its draft Commercial Space Policy for public review and comment. NOAA is developing the policy to establish the broad principles for the use of commercial space-based approaches for NOAA’s observational requirements, and to potentially open a pathway for new

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Presentations from April 28 Workshop

Here are the presentations from yesterday’s NOAA/NESDIS workshop on “Consideration of commercial data to address our priority data needs”: Next Generation Satellites – Plan (500 KB PDF) Thomas Burns, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Systems NOAA Observing Requirements, Observing Systems Capabilities and Analysis (750 KB PDF) Vanessa

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Air Force Awards IDIQ Contract for Hosted Payload Solutions

On July 10, the U.S. Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract under the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) program. The multiple-award HoPS IDIQ contract provides a rapid and flexible means for the government

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Air Force Concludes Successful CHIRP Mission

On December 6, 2013, the Air Force decommissioned its Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) mission after 27 months of successful operation. CHIRP launched in 2011 as a hosted payload on a commercial communications satellite and completed its initial demonstration period

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President Issues New Space Transportation Policy

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On November 21, President Obama signed an updated National Space Transportation Policy providing guidance to federal departments and agencies on the development and use of commercial and governmental space transportation systems. The goal of the policy is “assured access to

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NASA Awards Hosted Payload Contract for Deep Space Atomic Clock Demo

Today, Colorado-based Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (SST-US) announced that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has selected SST-US for the flight of the Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC) payload. Under the agreement, SST-US will provide a hosted payload flight opportunity for

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NASA Announces New Hosted Payload Mission

NASA has selected a proposal from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to build the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent hourly during daytime. The instrument, to be completed in 2017 at

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NASA Awards Hosted Payload Contract for Laser Communications Demo

In April 2012, NASA announced a $3 million contract with Space Systems/Loral to initiate the process of hosting the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) payload aboard a Loral commercial satellite. The agreement marks the first time NASA has contracted to

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Launch of Commercially Hosted Air Force Payload

On September 21, 2011, the Air Force’s Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) was successfully launched into orbit on an Ariane V rocket as part of the SES-2 communications satellite. CHIRP is a pathfinder for commercially hosted government payloads as well

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