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.

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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New NASA Flight Demos Include Two Hosted Payload Missions

Today NASA announced its selection of three Technology Demonstration Missions, including the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) and the Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC) project that will both fly as hosted payloads on commercial communications satellites. Learn more at nasa.gov

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Guidebook on Hosted Payloads

With NASA sponsorship, Futron has published a new guidebook on the use of commercial satellites to host government payloads. The publication is intended to clarify operational issues and help government customers plan to use the process to their best advantage.

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Satellite 2011 Presentation on Hosted Payloads for NOAA

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NOAA Deputy Assistant Administrator Charles Baker spoke about NOAA’s consideration of hosted payload opportunities during the Satellite 2011 conference in Washington, D.C. He updated last year’s presentation with information about the National Space Policy and the government’s challenges in pursuing

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GWU Symposium Presentation on Hosted Payloads

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NOAA Deputy Assistant Administrator Charles Baker spoke at an October 29 symposium on the National Space Policy hosted by the George Washington University (GWU). His presentation highlighted the commercial space guidelines of the policy and discussed NOAA’s potential use of

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SATCON Presentation on Hosted Payloads

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NOAA Deputy Assistant Administrator Charles Baker gave a presentation on hosted payloads at the Satellite and Content Delivery Conference & Expo (SATCON) conference in New York City. His presentation highlighted the commercial space guidelines within the 2010 National Space Policy,

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Report to Congress on NOAA Use of Commercial Satellites

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In March 2010, the Department of Commerce submitted a report to Congress titled, “Acquisition of Space-based Scientific Data from Commercial Sources to Supplement NOAA’s Weather and Climate Observation Requirements.” The report summarizes NOAA’s plans to obtain space-based scientific data from

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Satellite 2010 Presentation on Hosted Payloads for NOAA

NOAA Deputy Assistant Administrator Charles Baker spoke about hosted payloads at the Satellite 2010 conference in Washington, D.C. His presentation highlighted five specific NOAA data sets that potentially could be fulfilled through hosted payload arrangements with commercial satellite providers. View

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Government-Industry Workshop on Hosted Payloads

On August 25, 2009, the Office of Space Commercialization, FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, and Futron organized a government-industry workshop on hosted payloads to share lessons learned and develop a common approach to facilitate governmental use of hosted payloads.

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