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August 1st, 2017

Secure World Foundation What Are the Best Practices for Cubesat Launches?

As the popularity of cubesats grows, so too does the rate at which they are being launched into space. Cubesats are being placed into orbit as secondary payloads, riding alongside one or many other satellites, and also being deployed from platforms such as the International Space Station (ISS).

Secure World Foundation recognizes that cubesats are also being deployed in larger numbers at the same time, such as the 104 total satellites deployed from a single Indian space launch in late 2016, including 88 cubesats in the same constellation. These new developments create potential challenges for ensuring the long-term sustainability of space activities, including reducing the potential for on-orbit collisions and following international space debris mitigation guidelines. 

Discussions of these topics will be addressed a Secure World Foundation:

  • Cubesat Launch and Deployment Best Practices Side Event
  • Monday, August 7, 2017, 9:00 am - 11:00 am (MDT)
  • Eccles Conference Center Room 305, Utah State University, Logan, Utah


This meeting, held in conjunction with the 2017 SmallSat Conference in Logan, Utah, will provide participants with best practices from launch providers, satellite operators, and providers of space situational awareness (SSA) data to help increase the safety and sustainability of cubesat launches. 


  • Mr. Conor Brown, Senior Mission Manager, NanoRacks
  • Ms. Diana McKissock, SSA Sharing Lead, 18th Space Control Squadron
  • Mr. James Mason, VP for Mission Operations, Planet

Registration Instructions

Space is limited so RSVPs are required via EventBrite by Friday, August 4.